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
|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.