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St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo, Tokyo

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#42 of 2,026 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
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St. Mary's Cathedral (in Japanese: 東京カテドラル聖マリア大聖堂, romanized: Tōkyō katedoraru dei Maria daiseidō) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo. It is located in the Sekiguchi neighborhood of Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan.

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  • If you happen to be in the area (Mejiro) stop by and visit. Other than that, I wouldn’t make a special trip (unless you major in architecture). Steel cathedral, seems very impersonal. There is...  more »
  • Very stunning architectural cathedral with some interesting relics from the magi (Cologne Cathedral is its partner), John Paul II and St. Faustina. Very goad we went to see it.  more »
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  • St. Mary's Cathedral's structure is impressive.it has 8 curved walls which are almost perpendicular and form a large cross in an aerial view. The brightness of the stainless supports on the outside symbolizes the light that Christ makes shine upon the world and in the heart of men. The hard walls of pre-cast concrete evoke the words of the Bible: "The Lord is my rock and my salvation, my deliver is my God" (Psalm 18:3). They show how God is the pillar and the foundation of all men. "Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest" (Mt. 11:28). The bell tower outside has four sides that appear flat at first glance but in fact hyperbolic, and stretch up into the sky in a single line. The four bells were imported from Germany. The designer, through studies of different bells in Japan, has made a real effort to bring out a sound adapted to the Japanese sentiments. The pipe organ is the largest pipe organ in a Japanese church. It is made in Italy by Mascioni Organs and installed in 2004. It was especially designed to match the cathedral interior. It has 3 manual keyboards with 58 keys. The Grotto of Lourdes resembles closely the one in Lourdes. It was built by the French missionaries to show their faith to the Blessed Mother.
  • St Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo - designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. It is built in the shape of a broken cross, and could be thought to represent the broken body of Christ. The interior is stark and sombre, and leads to reflection on the great sacrifice made through Christ's death on the cross. (the photos are not mine and i give credit to the persons who took them).
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