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Nagasaki | Oura Catholic Church

Nagasaki | Oura Catholic Church

Oura Catholic Church (Oura Tenshudo), or the Basilica of the Twenty-Six Holy Martyrs of Japan, is Nagasaki's oldest Catholic Church built after the end of the Japanese Government's Seclusion Policy in 1853 between the end of the Edo Period and early Meiji era. Until 2009, the church was the only Western-style building in Japan to be declared a national treasure. The church was built in honor of the nine European priests and seventeen Japanese Christians who were crucified in 1597 by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, hence the title the Church of 26 Japanese Martyrs. The church has been designated a National treasure twice, once in 1933 and again in 1953. While initially a small, wooden church constructed by the master carpenter of the Glover Residence, the church has grown to include vaulted ceilings, an octagonal tower, and stained glass windows from France. When the church first opened in 1865, many Christians who were in hiding came to the church to pray, resulting in thousands of Japanese Christians coming out of hiding to visit the church. This was later dubbed the miracle of the Orient by Pop Pius IX.

As a treasure of Nagasaki, come join us on our line of Southern Japan Tour Packages to explore this magnificent church. While you may not expect to see a Catholic Church in Japan, this stunning church filled with history is a can't miss in Nagasaki.

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