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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 sectionof 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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