Five College Center for East Asian Studies Study Tours Website
"Kofukuji was one of the "Four Great Temples" of the Nara period (710-794). Founded in 669 AD by a member of the Fujiwara clan to pray for the clan leader to recover from illness, Kofukuji became the head temple of the Hosso sect of Buddhism.
Kofukuji was moved to its present location when Nara became the capital in the year 710. The temple prospered, but when the Fujiwaras' power faded in the 12th century, the temple lost its influential patrons and began to decline.
Today only a handful of the temple's 175 buildings remain standing, most of which date from the 15th century. Kofukuji was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 along with other historic sites in Nara." (Sacred Destinations Website)