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"A Turtle-shaped Temple"

Originally constructed in the 1600s, Fukusai-ji has braved the march of time. The current reincarnation of the temple dates back to 1976, built not long after the destruction of the older Fukusai-ji by the atomic bomb that leveled much of Nagasaki in 1945. The striking facade is reminiscent of a giant turtle atop which a towering statue of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, stands. The turtle's head protrudes out over the entrance of the temple while Kannon watches over the scene with a benevolent gaze. Both the turtle head and Kannon's 18.3-meter-tall (60-foot-tall) likeness are fashioned from aluminum, skillfully blending elements of ancient mythology, Buddhist tradition and contemporary style into one neat package. Inside, a Focualt's Pendulum drops down from the very top of the statue's interior and is one of the largest of its kind. Steeped in the traditions of Zen Buddhism, the temple also acts as a memorial and burial ground for some 16,000 souls who perished through the course of World War II. A moving memorial with a distinctive facade, Fukusai-ji is an embodiment of the city's unwavering spirit even in the face of peril.
2-56 Chikugo-machi, Nagasaki, Japan, 850-0052
"A Turtle-shaped Temple"
Originally constructed in the 1600s, Fukusai-ji has braved the march of time. The current reincarnation of the temple dates back to 1976, built not long after the destruction of the older Fukusai-ji by the atomic bomb that leveled much of Nagasaki in 1945. The striking facade is reminiscent of a giant turtle atop which a towering statue of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, stands. The turtle's head protrudes out over the entrance of the temple while Kannon watches over the scene with a benevolent gaze. Both the turtle head and Kannon's 18.3-meter-tall (60-foot-tall) likeness are fashioned from aluminum, skillfully blending elements of ancient mythology, Buddhist tradition and contemporary style into one neat package. Inside, a Focualt's Pendulum drops down from the very top of the statue's interior and is one of the largest of its kind. Steeped in the traditions of Zen Buddhism, the temple also acts as a memorial and burial ground for some 16,000 souls who perished through the course of World War II. A moving memorial with a distinctive facade, Fukusai-ji is an embodiment of the city's unwavering spirit even in the face of peril.
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