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    Default Definite article before the name of a temple or castle

    When you talk about a temple or castle, do you use an definite article before the name of the temple or castle or is it optional?

    1. The Ginkakuji Temple is surrounded by trees and has a quiet outlook.
    2. The Osaka Castle is located in the central part of Osaka.

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    Default Re: Definite article before the name of a temple or castle

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    When you talk about a temple or castle, do you use an definite article before the name of the temple or castle or is it optional?

    1. The Ginkakuji Temple is surrounded by trees and has a quiet outlook.
    2. The Osaka Castle is located in the central part of Osaka.
    Dear Snappy:

    There are exceptions, but for the most part, temples and cathedrals, palaces and castles are generally referred to without the definite article:

    St. Peter's Basilica
    Ashta Lakshmi Temple
    Eiheiji Temple
    Shaolin Temple
    Jerusalem Great Synagogue

    Neuschwanstein
    Windsor Castle
    Odawara Castle
    Ajlun Castle
    Xiamen Castle

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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