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Shimabara Castle

 

Shimabara Castle, is located in Shimabara-city and was built in 1625 by the feudal

load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as a master of castle building.

The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as “Moritake Castle”.

It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the Renkaku-style.

Also, it was a superb example of a castle where three layered yagura turrets were placed at strategic points around the five-layered donjon which was
influenced by the architectural style of the Azuch-Momoyama period.

Through it was demolished in 1874 during Meiji Restoration, west turret called 

“Nishi-no-yagura” was first restored in 1960 and the donjon was restored in 1964.

In the castle, the Christianity Museum has been established.

Many  Christian historical materials, local collection, and ethnic collections are

exhibited in the museum.

 

 

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