Ōura Church, Nagasaki

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Visit the oldest church in Japan at Ōura 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. Make Ōura Church part of your personalized Nagasaki itinerary using our Nagasaki trip planner .
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  • Description coming from the speakers in the Cathedral was sobering, listened quietly. I remember being endured at the time of the chest becomes hot. As a symbol of Nagasaki is not forgotten.
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  • The church is not that old and not impressive inside and the entrance fee is more than a lot of great sights in Japan. On the way up the steps to the church there is a little garden and a statue and t...  more »
  • Oura cathedral is situated close to Glover Garden and is a beautiful 19th centure building but I didn't feel it was worth the 600 JPY entry charge - the interior is less impressive. I would just look ...  more »
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  • I would suggest to skip this place and just have a look at the images: the entry fee of 600 ¥ for a visit that takes approximately 10 minutes and includes a small guide/ flyer with further information is quite expensive. In front of the church you will find a small garden with a pond and some statues. You wont find anything special in the church itself if you have seen a catholic church before.
  • “Great old church” Lots of history in this old church, in 1981 Pope John Paul visited and after which a bust of his holiness was displayed near a beautiful pond, it's a great old church that has been around for about 150 years.
  • Nice gothic chapel, can't take any photographs within the church
  • 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.

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