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. Put Urakami Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Nagasaki trip itinerary builder website .
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  • I think that it was a photography prohibition inside, but it was regrettable because the stained glass etc. were a little beautiful. I hope you're mistaken around here.
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  • It is one of nagasaki's most famous tourist destinations, but it is a church that believers usually attend. The other day, a junior high school student in the city was playing a chorus. The singing voice in the cathedral was very nice.
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  • It’s about a ten minutes’ walk from the Peace Park to Urakami Catholic Church. The history of the church can be traced back to 1879, six years after the ban on Christianity was lifted when the first c...  more »
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  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral also St. Mary's Cathedral, often known as Urakami Cathedral - Catholic church in the city of Nagasaki, Japan. Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Nagasaki. The modern cathedral is the second cathedral of the Nagasaki diocese. The first Catholic cathedral of Nagasaki was destroyed in 1945 during a nuclear bombardment. The modern Urakami Cathedral was built not far from the first destroyed temple and is a monument of bombardment.
  • A not so impressive place. It is interesting for travellers only because is a Catholic church in Japan. It has some history, but there is not much left of the original building as you may guess.
  • I came here for the first time in 2015, and then again in 2018. The history of the church is very touching. Come here if you can, it’s worth seeing once.
  • Stunning to visit the reassembled remains of this church destroyed in the atomic blast.
  • Definitely worth the walk uphill from the Hypocenter Park. The rebuilt cathedral is beautiful in itself. If you are wanting to attend mass or receive any sacraments, the priests are only Japanese speaking there. Was not allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral so could not get a picture of the Bombed Mary (sometimes called Our Lady of Nagasaki). Very chilling yet powerful to see. Some statues from the old belfry stand outside Another small building (I think it has a chapel downstairs) has a small exhibit of relics from the original church. A real testament to the destructive forces of the atomic bomb. The remnants of the twisted and broken bell demonstrate this well. There are more exhibits from the cathedral at the Atomic Bomb museum down the road a short walk.
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