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The First Phase Of Construction

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The historical records reveal that events unfolded rapidly once the site for the new capital was decided upon. The government officials in charge of construction were promptly appointed and various religious, practical, and economic measures were taken to ensure the success of the project. Within a month of dispatching the inspection team, Kanmu appointed eighteen officials for the Construction of the Nagaoka Palace. The historical records show that construction on several parts of the capital was already completed by mid-785. The rapid construction made possible by transferring building material from the Later Naniwa palace to Nagaoka village had two advantages. By reusing existing structures, Kanmu could move a lot sooner and thus reduced the opposition to his plans. By saving labour and keeping the production of new construction materials to an absolute minimum, he also limited the strain on the treasury.

Keywords: construction; Kanmu; Nagaoka Palace; new capital

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