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Oura Catholic Church, Nagasaki
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Visit the oldest church in Japan at Oura Catholic Church. Built in 1864 to honour the 26 martyrs of Japan crucified back in the 16th century, the church remains a significant monument to the Christians of Japan, as whole Christian communities came out of hiding following its construction. Steep stairs lead you up to the church building, with a striking white marble statue of Mary in front of the entrance. Inside, you can read information in English elaborating on the history of the church, as well as a small museum displaying artifacts that survived religious persecution. To visit Oura Catholic Church and get the most from your holiday in Nagasaki, create itinerary details personal to you using our Nagasaki travel itinerary planner.
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  • Worth a drop in visit. Beautiful building. Views are amazing. Must get a ride to top. I wouldnt walk it unless you can climb mt Kosciusko. 
  • Oldest church in Japan of Glover-en is right next to the existing oura Roman Catholic atmosphere of a stately, was overwhelmed. Surrounded by green trees, a sacred atmosphere. Until you reach the Church, climb up the stone steps. Was prohibited during the beautiful stained glass Windows.
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  • Come in and clean, I feel the history. I would had been very important. It is beautiful in appearance, can't imagine the colors. I think Glover Park is very helpful and friendly. Clean illumination.
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  • It is expensive and there is not much to see if you compare it with European churches. Nevertheless, the story of the church is very interesting and of the people who run it as well as the contrast of christian images with japanese kanjis and culture.
  • very first visit to a catholic church here in japan i was in tears reading the history of the place.
  • Much smaller than I thought it would be, but it leaves quite an impression of the beginnings of Catholicism back in its day. It's already been 150 years! (as of this writing)
  • 入場料600円は高すぎる
  • pay to go in and around a church ? good enough to see from the outside