The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #20 March / April 2016
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
March / April 2016 | 

The name for this ancient capital most likely means "flat land" or "oak", depending upon which theory you believe. It was the first capital of its country, being the seat of power from 710 to 794.

The country was first formed during the mid-3rd century and wasn't completed for another 3 centuries. In 710, multiple shrines and temples were built under the direction of the imperial family and aristocrats, and soon temple towns sprang up.

In modern day, eight temples, shrines and ruins remain, and these, along with a primeval forest, collectively form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2010, the city celebrated the 1,300th anniversary of its ascension as an imperial capital. Tourists visit it throughout the year to see scenic spots for viewing cherry blossom and interacting with friendly deer.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: Brisbane, Australia


 
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Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Images:
Petey: Mystery image

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.

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