Imperial Palace, Kyoto: outside the Shishinden compound looking through the secondary gate in the south-west corner of the compound towards the Shishinden Hall (Hall for State Ceremonies)

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RIBApix ref no RIBA135722
Artist/PhotographerBarr, John
Subject Date1855
Image Date2019
MediumDigital image
Library ReferenceBarr 19-02-02
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit John Barr / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: The present building dates from 1855, but attempts to reproduce the style of the original palace, which dates back to the 12th century. Like many wooden buildings in Japan, it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt several times over the course of its history.

Subject tags

gates, halls, courtyards, palaces, timber construction