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
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
|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|