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Oura Christian Church

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Oura Christian Church (大浦天主堂) is the oldest Christian Church in Japan. It is located in Nagasaki city, Nagasaki Prefecture where Christianity survived through the Edo Period. This church is constructed in 1865 by Louise-Theodre Furet. It is designated as the National Treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This church was dedicated for 26 Japanese Saints who executed in 1597. There are 6 important statues and painting of Christianity. It has a beautiful Gothic architecture with beautiful arch ceiling. Even this ceiling is the western style, the construction method is all Japanese style.

Visitor's Info.
There is no parking.
There is restroom.
Admission: 600 yen for adult, 400 yen for High and Junior, 300 yen for under.
There is group discount.
Time: 8:00 to 16:00.
It will be closed at Mass.
No Photo inside the building.

Access
0. at Nagasaki Station.
1. use the Street Train No.1 to Tsukimachi.
2. change the train to No.5 to Oura Tenshudo Shita.


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Oura Christian Church
Oura Tenshudo is the oldest christian church built in Japan. It is located in Nagasaki City.

During the Edo period, Christianity in Japan was highly prohibited by Shogun. The Christians in Nagasaki had been hidden and quietly prayed without priest all throught time in Edo Period. After Edo period was over, and when Christian priest Louis visited Nagasaki, all of the hidden Japanese Chrisitians gathered to him and told their story. Then, they built this church for the cerebration of returning the Christianity in Japan.

It has a beautiful the Gothic Archiecture ceiling and staind glasses. Each stained glasses take the sun light and create arts of the light.

The Virgin Mary statue was given by Frence in 1865.

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