The first shrine building at Ise Grand Shrine in Japan was erected in the 7th century. All the buildings are wooden, yet still standing. How is that possible?

it was built with black spruce
the wood is protected using resins
the wood is petrified
it is being rebuilt every 20 years
The shrine build­ings are rebuilt every 20 years as a part of the Shinto belief of the death and renewal of nature. The ar­chi­tec­tural style of the Ise shrine pre-date the in­tro­duc­tion of Buddhist ar­chi­tec­ture in Japan. Thanks to constant re­build­ing, ancient building tech­niques are passed from one gen­er­a­tion to the next.

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it was built with black spruce
the wood is protected using resins
the wood is petrified
it is being rebuilt every 20 years
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