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Sotome Pilgrimage sites



The mission base of de Rotz, who dedicated himself to assisting the needy.

When he discovered the underground Christians, Petitjean realized that there were

many other Christians hiding in the Sotome region. He appointed de Rotz as the

parish priest of the Shitsu and Kurosaki districts.



On an elevation commanding a view over the Sea of Goto, he established a church

at his own expense. The building was extended and renovated again and again.

A statue of Mary that he ordered from France is standing in the bell tower.



Endo Shusaku Literary Museum         

The peaceful Sotome, the setting of Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence.

Sotome area of Nagasaki-city has an abundance of natural beauty in its sea, mountains and

rivers. It also is blessed with a unique history and culture of Christianity.

In particular, the area in which the Endo Shusaku Literary Museum stands is known as the site

of a Christian village, one of Endo’s most notable work, Silence, is set here.




The Church is located in Kurosaki district, where was place of the setting for Endo Shusaku’s

novel Silence. In 1897, the foundations were laid down according to Father

de Rotz’s design. Construction followed and in 1920 the church was completed. The followers

built it brick by brick with their own hands. The modest design serves to bring out the beauty

of the bricks.




Around Sotome area
Michino-eki, Road Station



 Location of Nagasaki-city





General information  

Address Shitsu, Nagasaki-city
Access 50 minutes by a vehicle from JR Nagasaki Station


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