Oura Cathedral is one of the famous landmarks in Nagasaki-cityy, was built in 1865
under the supervision of the French priest Bernard Petitjean.
It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for its value as Japan’s oldest Gothic-style
“On March 17, 1865, a group of peasants from Urakami came to the church and professed
their faith to Father Petitjean, thus revealing that Christianity had survived through the
centuries of persecution.
The white marble statue of the Holy Mother at the entrance was built in commemoration of
the dramatic discovery of the “Hidden Christians.