Heian Jingu Shrine has a short history but is still considered a must see attraction in Kyoto. It is a rarity as a modern shrine in Kyoto, which is famous for its shrines, which are hundreds of years old. It was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. Heian-kyo was the former name of Kyoto and the shrine is dedicated to the first and last emperors, who reigned from Kyoto. The current buildings are replicas of the original Kyoto Imperial Palace which was destroyed in 1227, and is two-thirds the size of the Kyoto Gosho of the Heian period (794-1185). It is a fantastic example of how significant Chinese influences were during the Heian period in Japan.
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