The great image of Buddha (Daibutsu) at Kotoku-in in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture ranks alongside the world-famous Daibutsu at Nara, and is designated a National Treasure. The Buddha is a bronze statue 11.3 m high, weighing 121 tons, and was built in the 13th century, soon after Kamakura became the center of rule by the samurai class. In those days many temples were constructed in Kamakura, and many Buddhist statues created in the Chinese Sung style. The Daibutsu is a typical example. Initially the statue was housed in a large building, but this was washed away by flood twice, in the 14th and 15th centuries, leaving only the bronze statue.