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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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  • I wanted to see Christian Japanese customs but was too late. Still the cathedral is very beautiful even from the outside. It stands tall and stoic midst the loudy urban jungle. We got some great pictu...  more »
  • The cathedral is a typical church with stained glass windows. The draw is that it was at the center of the atomic bombing, completely destroyed & rebuilt. There are some artifacts from the original ch...  more »
  • Just by the way to Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, nothing special here. Mass was inside when we were there.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Church not far away from the statue of peace. If you have time, I recommend to visit this beautiful church.
  • It's near nagasaki peace park. You can walk around, because the church is close.
  • 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.
  • interesting church, with a harsh history, remains in the hypocenter park and atomic bomb museum

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Across the hills of Nagasaki you'll find a welcome number of places to stay, and a welcome degree of variation between them. Look around the main train station for the greatest number of options, with high-rise blocks containing hotels both basic and luxury. Following the train line both north and south of this central area, guesthouses and hostels crowd around the stations, and clusters of modern hotels mark out popular commercial districts. Rental apartments throughout the city provide a good budget-friendly option for those planning on staying for a little while.
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