Todaiji Temple is a representative temple in the Nara period known for the Great Buddha, the Buddha statue is the world's largest wooden building. The Emperor Shomu, who promoted Buddhist-centered nation building in 743, issued a dictate of construction and was built with the national strength as a temple to set the Great Buddha. The Great Buddha was completed in 752. Buildings were built one after another and it took nearly 40 years to see the view of the temple. However, most of the Buddha statue and the cathedral were burned down by the past two wars. Many of the present buildings were revived in the Edo period. Todaiji was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1998 as "cultural property of ancient Nara".