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Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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 little bit Catholic in Japan. a huge Cathedral with the bomb was destroyed and rebuilt. Despite the persecution of Catholics parents. the day I was the Church was open and I walked in, and stunning. It's a ride worth to what is or is not a Catholic
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  • Was stopped when I went to peace Memorial Park near the location so quietly visited from afar so just did a mass Sunday morning in a beautiful church
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  • In the 8-minute walk from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, located in the mountain side. Urakami came into sight and up the steep road. Modernised and rebuilt urakami, is so big and wide that I was surprised. Was done much mass from the morning. As upsetting as a relic left damaged by the exhibits relics and bomb blast building in front of the old Bell Tower had been left. Urakami bomb damage often exhibited in the Museum.
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  • 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
  • It's near nagasaki peace park. You can walk around, because the church is close.
  • Historical location.
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