The 26 Martyrs Museum
The 26 Martyrs Museum is dedicated to the twenty six Christians who were executed here on
February 5, 1597. They included both foreign missionaries and Japanese laymen. Missionary
activities were prohibited at the time, and Japan’s ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi staged the execution
as a warning. The monument is located in a small park on a hill not far from Nagasaki Station
and offers nice views over the city.
A straight red line runs from the Monument across the park’s plaza in the direction of the Oura
Cathedral on the opposite side of the city. Oura Cathedral is also dedicated to the 26 martyrs.
The museum behind the monument is devoted to the memory of the martyrs and to Christianity in
Japan in general. Its interior is reminiscent of a church with stained-glass windows, making for
atmospheric viewing of the exhibits. On display are artifacts related to Christianity in Japan,
including old documents, statues and jewelry.
|Address||7-8 Nishizaka-cho, Nagasaki-city|
|Access||5 minuts walk from JR Nagasaki Station|