Great Buddha of Kamakura - a monumental bronze statue of Buddha was built in 1252. The bronze image was cast by Ono Goroemon who was a leading maker at that period of time. There are traces of gold leaf near the statue's ears as the entire statue was once gilded. The hall in which the Daibutsu was housed was destroyed by a storm in 1334, then rebuilt, then damaged by yet another storm in 1369. It was rebuilt sa third time but the last building washed away in the tsunami of September 1498. Since then, the Great Buddha has stood in the open, as it is today.