When Nara (Heijokyo) was the capital, Daianji was located at Shibo between Rokujo(Sixth) and Shichijo(Seventh) streets in Sakyo in the capital. Its precincts and buildings are said to have been constructed under the supervision by Doji Risshi in the same style as Saimyoji Temple in Changan of China. Major buildings such as Nandaimon (Great South Gate), Chumon (Inner Gate), Kondo (Main Hall) and Kodo (Lecture Hall) were built on a straight line from south to north. But two pagodas were on the opposite side of Nandaimon across the Rokujo Oji (Sixth street). They were standing in a row, one in east and the other in west. At the remains of the East Pagoda, dirt mounds and stone foundation were unearthed. Further, foundation stones for the pillar of the pagoda were also unearthed at the remains of the West Pagoda, so this area was designated as a national historic site by the Japanese Government. It seems that construction of these two pagodas had been completed by 766 since Shoku Nihongi (Imperially Commissioned Japanese History Text) records that the Eastern Pagoda was damaged by an earthquake in that year. According to two archives, i.e., Kansenjian (Draft of the government’s official document) and Nanadaiji Junrei Shiki (Private record on the seven great temples in Nara), both published in 1094, they were seven storied pagodas. Regarding reasons why these pagodas were built outside the temple’s precincts, there are several theories as follows: 1) To protect the temple’s other buildings from fires which may occur if lighting strikes the pagodas. 2) Layout of the precincts of Senpukuji Temple in Changan in China was adopted by Doji Risshi. 3) Priest’s residential space expanded than originally planned. It is not clear why these two pictures were painted, but you can recall those golden days of Daianji from them.