Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki

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After freedom of religion was introduced in 1871, the once-persecuted "Hidden Christians" of the area set about building the Neo-Romanesque structure of Urakami Cathedral, which was completed in 1925. The church's twin spires stood 64 m (209.9 ft) high and at the time it was considered the tallest cathedral in east Asia, until it was vaporized by the atomic bomb that was dropped only 500 m away in 1945. Rebuilt in 1959, the site still holds visible reminders of that senseless atrocity. You can see the original landing spot of the huge 50-ton belfry, partially buried in the ground, along with surviving statues of revered people who were exposed to the atomic blast. Look out for the impressive stained glass windows, which are attractively lit at night. Plan to visit Urakami Cathedral and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nagasaki attractions using our Nagasaki vacation trip planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    It is located a short walk from Nagasaki Peace Park Catholic Church. Enticingly and built the brick colors is impressive.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Do you I it went out from behind the peace statue? On a hill overlooking the town. Part of the building was destroyed by the atomic bomb goes to ground zero. This is the new Cathedral. Bell was stored at that time remains.
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  • August 11, 2017
    That was on a small hill about 500 m northeast of ground zero from urakami Cathedral from 1895 (0/1895) and started building and boasted of the grandeur of the Orient was destroyed by the atomic bomb さku裂 8/9/1945, part of the South side of the Church wall to leave only now. The remnant walls is relocated to the hypocenter Park.
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  • March 29, 2017
    After another short walk after the Peace Memorial Park and downhill, we looked at this magnificent church. It has a commanding view of the atom bomb site. This another must place to visit.
  • May 22, 2016
    Church not far away from the statue of peace. If you have time, I recommend to visit this beautiful church.
  • February 7, 2016
    It's near nagasaki peace park. You can walk around, because the church is close.
  • December 7, 2015
    In Europe this would be a church nobody would visit as a tourist, but in Japan and with the history during WW2 it is well worth a visit. No other tourists around, very relaxed visit.
  • May 18, 2015
    interesting church, with a harsh history, remains in the hypocenter park and atomic bomb museum

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