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Address: 5-3 Minami-yamate, Nagasaki 850-0931, Nagasaki Prefecture
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The oldest wooden Gothic church in Japan was built for the exclusive use of...

The oldest wooden Gothic church in Japan was built for the exclusive use of foreign residents.

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Oldest Christian Church

The visit to Oura church is a good way to learn about Nagasaki history especially about the Christian and Western merchants that grew significantly after end of the Japan's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 11, 2017
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church is pretty old but marked a hsitorical trace of christianity in Nagasaki. There are documentaries on early christianity movement and prosecutions faced by Japanese christians during Shogun era. Interesting to see how early christians praying to buddha statue in order to concealed their identity from being prosecuted.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautifully preserved, if a little squeezed now. It's just a shame the Japanese-language speaker's blaring out because this place seems prayerful and peaceful. The history of Christianity in Japan is made fascinating by this place but you've got to also see the site of the 26 martyrs nearby and walk that museum. The exhibits in the adjacent seminary are well... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks interesting from the outside but not much to see inside and the 600 yen entry fee is outrageous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

The visit to Oura church is a good way to learn about Nagasaki history especially about the Christian and Western merchants that grew significantly after end of the Japan's seclusion era. It is build in 1864 and it's the first western building of National treasured. The church itself is very small compare to other churches outside Japan, but it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

This is a very important church in Japan to Catholic Christians. As you may know, Christianity entered Japan in the late 1500s and early 1600s, and was rapidly suppressed by the military junta called the Bakufu. This was when Japan was run by the Tokugawas and its borders closed--to both incomers and people leaving ("sakoku"). Many Christians were executed in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Great photo opportunity here on the way to glover garden. Since we didn't have enough time to explore inside there's a mandatory fee as well to enter the church.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

There are not much Church and Cathedral in Japan. This one tells a bit some history, including a sad period when a number of church members were executed. The church is not grand and is in no way comparable to any churches or chapels in Europe. To reach the church, one has to walk through a souvenir street uphill (for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Worth a drop in visit. Beautiful building. Views are amazing. Must get a ride to top. I wouldnt walk it unless you can climb mt Kosciusko.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Nagasaki is the area where Christianity was originally brought into Japan and this Church is a symbolic place for Japanese Christian. Surviving the oppression for Christian beliefs by the government over 250 years at that stage of Japanese history, Japanese Christianity evolved in an unique way. This Christian heritage including this and other churches in Nagasaki are currently in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Japan's oldest Gothic church built for the foreign community in the 19th century. It is on the way to Glover House so you can visit both very easily.

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