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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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  • Play with take to mass on Sunday. Able to agree to the masses at a respectable and good memories now. I thought Let's charge to mass if you're going to Nagasaki on Sunday, too.
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  • We didn't go inside, just looked at the burned-out statues and the fallen bell tower. It really brings home what the nuclear bomb did.  more »
  • It is a visit for a long time. If rumor wouldn't touch feel the nostalgia as ages in the watch for a long time watching the stained-glass Windows, but had time to rest. It is a simple larder.
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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.