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The Atomic Bomb Dome

Symbol of Hiroshima


A programme of preservation works continues from Sept 2020 until Mar 2021, though it is not expected to result in major scaffolding or disrupted views / Source

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At 8:15 AM on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in the skies over Hiroshima. This famous dome (designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel) was 160 m southeast of ground zero. The explosion of air blasted off the buildings around it and intense thermic rays burnt to a crisp almost everything it touched. But the dome miraculously survived. It was saved from destruction because the pressure from the bomb came down right over the dome; the iron framework and some parts of the walls were left standing. It is probably Hiroshima's most famous and powerful icon.

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