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The Cenotaph

1 Nakajima-cho Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0811, Japan
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Ranked #8 of 49 attractions in Hiroshima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The cenotaph some would argue is the centrepiece of the peace park. It carefully aligns with the A dome in the distance, and documents the people who died during the blast. Quite saddening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This a "saddle shaped" monument, under which is contained the names of those who died from the bomb. It lines up with the Peace Flame and has words that mean "Rest in Peace" Many people come here as the centerpiece of the park - sad moment to stand there with them to remember all those who lost their life

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Houston, Texas, United States
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137 reviews 137 reviews
108 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is the best photo opportunity of the peace park experience. The monument is a moving tribute to those lost.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A very powerful monument in Hiroshima's peace park. The centre piece and the most important of all. It is beautiful at night when it frames the floodlit Genbaku dome and is perfectly aligned with the eternal flame. During the day a steady flow of people come to lay flowers and pay respects. It feels a bit wrong taking photos of... More

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Perth, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

easy to find,when you stand in front you can see the flame they won't put out until the last atomic bomb is defused and also the dome

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Brisbane, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Enshrined in stone, the names of all those they could find who were killed by the bomb that hit Hiroshima. The Cenotaph is also a dedication to the thousands who could not be named or identified and a message to the world, that this tragedy should never be repeated.

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New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful memorial which is a moving tribute and a symbol of hope. The plaques in the water at the front of the cenotaph need to be read to gain complete understanding. There are a number of plaques that all say the same thing in various languages.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

An utterly moving tribute to the victims of the worlds first atomic bomb. The central point is the eternal flame which will only be extinguished when all the world、s nuclear weapons have been destroyed.

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Perth, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Part of the Peace Park, the Cenotaph is a simple structure, designed so that you can look through the opening to the eternal flame and the Atomic Bomb Dome building in the distance, with plaques at the base explaining the significance. One of the many memorials in the park, the simple architecture is elegant yet poignant and it is worth... More

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is part of the overall experience of the Peace Park. The architects did a wonderful job of making it possible to see the peace dome throught the cenotaph, looking in one direction, and the museum looking in the other direction.

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