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Oura Cathedral

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The Oura Cathedral is the oldest church in Japan and the first and only Minor Basilica in Japan.
French missionary Furet designed the church, while French Bishop Petitjean served as its first Catholic priest. Construction was supervised by Koyama Hidenoshin. The church was completed at the end of 1864 and officially opened in February the following year. In March 1865, the hidden Christians of Urakami visited and proclaimed their belief. After 250 years of harsh persecution.
The church was designated as a national treasure in 1933, but was partly damaged in the atomic bombing of World War II. In 1953, it was once again designated as a national treasure for being the oldest existing church in Japan. The church is a candidate to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2019.

Street address

5-3 Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki City

Access

  • 5 minutes on foot from Oura Tenshutou Shita tram station

Opening Hours

8:00 to 18:00

Closed

Open throughout the year

Fee

Website

http://www.visit-nagasaki.com/spots/detail/207

Best season

All year

Point

Entrance fee Adult: 600 yen
* You must obtain permission from the Archdiocese of Nagasaki to cover the cathedral in the media
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