Urakami Cathedral
Urakami Cathedral
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cjbh
Salt Lake City, UT159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Only 500 yards from ground zero, this church was almost obliterated by the bomb in 1945. Only a corner was left standing, which was moved to the Ground Zero Park. Rebuilt now, it's something of a pilgrimage site.
Before WWII, it was the center of the (formerly) Hidden Christians who managed to keep their faith alive for 250 years in hiding, despite persecution and the most gruesome executions by the government. They came out of hiding when religious freedom was declared in the late 1800's.
Drive around the far end of the Peace Park, and up the hill to the red brick church.
Notice the heads blown off statues of saints, found in the rubble, and placed all in a row.
Written 24 December 2019
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Shannon Lefebvre
Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Urakami Cathedral is a Catholic Church that was completed in 1914. The main reason for its construction was because there were a large number of Christians who lived in the Urakami region of Nagasaki and many of them secretly continued to keep their faith even after Hideyoshi Toyotomi (the ruler of Japan in the 16th century) prohibited Christianity.

After the long-standing ban on Christianity was lifted, the Nagasaki Christians started constructing the Urakami Cathedral Nagasaki, which took them 20 years to complete.

However, when the atomic bomb was detonated over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, the Urakami Cathedral was close to the center of the explosion and was completely destroyed except for a part of its wall. After the war, the followers of the church took great pains to rebuild it and in 1959, a beautiful brick cathedral was finally completed.

Today, it stands as one of the symbols of Nagasaki that has been rebuilt and rediscovered itself from the past. Bigger, stronger, newer but at the same time able to remember the good times and the bad.

A great place to visit for practising Christians and non religious people alike. I am sure all people from all walks of life will be intrigued with the Urakami Cathedral. Today it still shines like a beacon and is a major attraction for tourists from all over Japan and the world to see and feel what Nagasaki was like all those years ago and its influence it had on many people all over Japan.

The Urakami area of Nagasaki is a landmark of sorts and there is many many places of interest that one could easily spend 2 to 3 hours in the area walking around and seeing the sights. Well worth a visit and a gander.
Written 14 September 2019
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Nicholas N
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Urakami cathedral was the oldest Western styled building in Japan. The church is beautiful. The is a museum behind the church which gives you some history of the birth of Christianism in Japan. The gift store also has some nice little gifts unique to this church.
Written 13 April 2019
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Ayon13
Melbourne, Australia90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
The community has got together to rebuilt this cathedral after the atomic bomb. There are sculpture that are ruins of the bomb. Very peaceful cathedral to visit.
Written 21 February 2016
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furikake
Honolulu, HI95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
We decided to do the walk to the cathedral upon the recommendation of a local photographer & worker? in the peace park who was nice enough to take some great group pictures of our family in front of the statue memorial. He asked if we were Christian and since we said yes he recommended to take a look. It was quite a long walk especially since my mom is over 80 yrs old. Once you get there the stairs are a daunting task. It tired us a bit since the walk back to trams took a while too. Just be aware that it is a Catholic Church and may not be for the weak in the leg. If you will be unwilling to climb the stairs then it would be more worthwhile to take a picture from afar with zoom lens. In order to get good picture you have to go all the way up as posted by other reviewers.
Written 11 June 2014
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,979 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The original cathedral, once the largest in Asia was built in 1895 on a site where there was active resistance to Christianity clearly in defiance of the Japanese authorities. It was located some 500 meters from the epicenter of the atomic blast and was destroyed killing a number in the church.Today there are a number of stone saints, somewhat broken and charred standing in front of a stone wall , all that remains of the original other than the bell tower that sits upside down on the side of the creek below the new church built in the sixties.The Museum has a replica of the south wall as an exhibition.Like much of the atomic bomb site this could have been presented better.
Written 6 October 2019
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Sharon C
Melbourne, Australia256 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
You will need to be able to climb quite a few steps to reach this cathedral. It is only small inside but is quite sweet.
Written 20 May 2019
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naomi h
South Riding, VA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
It was rebuilt after the WWII.
Inside of the church there is a burnt Maria’s face from the war. It looks very sad.
Written 25 April 2019
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japanguide
Tokyo, Japan506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Couples
This church looks beautiful and new.
Once we looked around the church, we found old religious adust statues without heads and an old big destroyed belfry remains as rotting debris under a cliff beside the church along a stream. The site is very close to the ground zero. It's said that well-attended mass service was held on that day for the approaching Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
The site of the church was once the premises of the village chief of Urakami where the persecution against hidden Japanese Christians was taken place over 2 centuries.
Knowing the history has made me see it in a different way.
Written 24 June 2018
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iceblended
Singapore, Singapore1,552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
Beautiful church with a sad history where the priests were killed.

Postcards and gift items were available for sale inside the church.

It's about 20 min walk from the museum.

Worth the visit.
Written 7 November 2017
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