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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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  • Im a regular mass goer during sundays. I experienced the mass here at 6:00 am in nihonggo. It was a good experience. They dont kneel btw. Great view also. a must place to visit if youre in nagasaki  more »
  • For a European not a particularly worthwhile visit unless you are interested in the special role of Christianity in Japan.
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  • Temple is very spacious, clean and stained-glass Windows. Had a tourist during a quiet moment. Even if there was blown away by the atomic bomb to the north side of the Cathedral, Bell-Tower, feel the magnitude of the impact at the time.
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  • 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
  • Historical location.