Churches and other Christian sights
Tabira Church

Tabira Church (designated as a National Important Cultural Property)

The church was designed by Tetsukawa Yosuke, a famous architect of various churches in Nagasaki Prefecture, and built between December 1915 and October 1917. It is one of the latest brick churches in the prefecture of Nagasaki. Tetsukawa Yosuke has called this one of his best works.
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Himosashi Church

Himosashi Church

Himosashi Church is a large building with high ceilings and a Romanesque design. The beautiful stained glass windows were installed at the time the church was built in 1929 and have remained intact to this day.  The church was designed by Tetsukawa Yosuke, a famous church architect.
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Houki Church

Hôki Church

This church, built in 1898, is the oldest church building in Hirado and is special in its architecture. The outer front wall is made of brick, the main body of wood, the gabled roof with tile and the ceiling has been constructed using a ribbed vault technique. Overall, the building has a serene atmosphere.
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St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church

St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church (Hirado Church)

This church was built in 1931 and has become one of Hirado`s popular tourist spots, as it looks out over the town and the harbour. Formerly known as Hirado Church it was renamed St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church in 1971 to honour the missionaryfs visit to Hirado in 1550.
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Yamada Church

Yamada Church

Hidden Christians lived in various locations in Nagasaki prefecture, but it is said that these days the only organized group still in existence is the one on Ikitsuki Island. The island has a long history as the home of the hidden Christians and little known stories of persecution and martyrdom still remain everywhere.


The famous view of a church and temples

A view with both temples and a church

St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church raises high behind Zuiun-ji Temple and Kômyô-ji Temple. From the bottom of the old stone steps leading up to these places of worship one can see the temples as well as the church, which is a very rare sight. This unique view has become well known as it gives the viewer a real feeling of the exchange between Japanese and Western culture.




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