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Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki

#5 of 111 in Historic Sites in Nagasaki
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • This was my first time to Nagasaki. This cathedral in positioned on a hill, so you can get a bit of a view of the surrounding area. Not many places like this in Asia.  more »
  • 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...  more »

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