Nagasaki Ohura Church

The oldest existing Christian church in Japan

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

Ohura Church stands on a hill in the Minami-yamate section of Nagasaki. It was built in 1865 as a Catholic Church memorial to 26 saints who died martyrs in 1597. The stained glass windows and arched beams in the chapel are very beautiful. There are two other buildings next to the church. One is a Latin theological seminary built in 1875; it is now used as a reference library room for Christianity in Nagasaki. And the other is the former home of an archbishop.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。