Japanese Churches - Nagasaki
“Anyone wanting to see ancient Japan goes to Kyoto. But anyone wanting to see Christian history in Japan goes to Nagasaki, without question.” – Shaun McAfee, National Catholic Register, October 16, 2017.
Reading the above article whets one’s appetite for a trip to Japan, especially to Nagasaki, which the author describes as a very Catholic city.
The hypocenter of the atomic bomb blast on August 9, 1945 is marked by a rectangular column with concentric circles on the ground to give the impression of the blast. To the left of the marker is a statue of a mother with a badly burned (dead) baby in her arms.
Nearby, is the original column from the front of Urakami Cathedral, which was destroyed in the blast (except for statues of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady’s head, along with recovered parts of statues of angels, saints, crucifixes, and altar pieces). The Cathedral has been rebuilt.
Other churches and shrines in Nagasaki include the Museum of the 26 Martyrs, the Church of the 26 Martyrs, the Church of St. Philip, and a Lourdes Grotto.
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Candidate For World Heritage PDF Nagasaki Pilgrimage GuideBook