Today in the Middle Ages: December 19, 960

On December 19, 960 C.E., the citizens of Kyoto, Japan began to rebuild the city after it was ravaged by fire.

Kyoto, originally named Heiankyo, was the capital of Japan from the 8th to the mid-19th century. As a cultural center, it was spared Allied bombing during World War II, and is now the only large Japanese city with many prewar buildings.