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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  • The location is beautiful. You have to climb to go there, so less suitable for someone with a disability. The outside is also beautiful. From the inside you can only walk at the back. The interior and the window decoration speak less.
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  • In the garden of the church is the Urakami Cathedral, where the statue of Christ who was exposed to the atomic bomb remains in the impression, because there was no time to enter the cathedral before, this time there is a famous image of Maria who was exposed to radiation in the cathedral, and the visit is prohibited by seeing the sad Image of Maria. I appreciate the destruction and misery of the atomic bomb, and the present peace.
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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.
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