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Oura Cathedral


Basilica of Martyrdom of the 26 Saints of Japan


Registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage as Hidden Christian site


One of the famous landmarks in Nagasaki-city, 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



Entrance gate of Oura Cathedral

1,000 yen admission fee

Japan’s oldest Gothic-style

Cathedral building

Windows of Cathedral building


“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.


Former Latin Seminario


Statue of Mary, at entrance of

Cathedral, installed in 1867

Statue of Pope John Paul II,

visited here in 1981



General information

Address 5-3 Minamiyamate, Nagasaki-city

10 minutes walk from Oura tensyudo-mae tram station

Open hours 8:00 to 17:45
Admission fee JPY 1,000
Days closed No closing days



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