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Towering at 15.85 meters (52 feet), Takaoka Daibutsu has been a long standing landmark in the city of Takaoka. It is the third largest Buddha statues in Japan. Originally built in 1745 from wood and decorated with gold leaf, it was destroyed by fire in the beginning of 1900. As it was loved by all citizens, it was suggested that another be built on the same site using fire-proof materials. Since Takaoka was known for its bronze industry, this metal was chosen to make the replacement. It took three decades to complete the work and was finally unveiled in 1933. This impressive sculpture is indeed the city's pride and a major attraction for many.