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Ruins of Urakami Cathedral

 
Ruins of Urakami Cathedral
When you look to the right facing the Ground zero Monument 
see a section of damaged brick wall from the former Urakami 
Cathedral. The church was located about 500 m northeast of 
the
Ground zero, on the same site as the modern refurbished 
Urakami Cathedral. The construction of former building began 
in 1895 and continued until 1925, when the twin steeples 
reached completion. 
Known at that time as the largest church in Orient, the imposing 
red-brick structure was devastated by the atomic bomb 
explosion, and a large number of parishioners were killed.
In 1958, part of the damaged eleven-meter-tall southern wall 
was moved to Nagasaki Peace Park.
Present Urakami Cathedral
The new cathedral was rebuilt in hornor of those lost.
It was reconstructed to its present shape in 1959 and the
brick construction was renovated in 1980, a year before 
the Pope’s visit.

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