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Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki
(3.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A fine brick building is now also was tragedy of the atomic bomb. Arrive out less than 10 minute walk from the peace Park. As Japan's largest Catholic Church, now has become the Nagasaki tourist attractions. It was a big church. In beautiful stained-glass Windows are impressive. Rose again like a charm.
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  • Modern and built in a short time after the previous cathedral was destroyed on 9th August 1945, the place feels like an oasis for the spirit in a noisy world. After a visit to the Peace Park, this fee...  more »
  • I wasn't sure what to expect of Nagasaki Cathedral but, having seen so many museums and memorials to Nagasaki's most moving history, it is gratifying to feel present faith being lived out without fear...  more »
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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.