About Oura Catholic Church
Oura Catholic Church is the only representative of the Western style among Japan’s national treasures. Adjacent to the Rodin School of Theology, it was one of the first Catholic churches built after the end of Japan’s embargo.
How to get there
Get off at the tram stop “Oura Tenshita” and walk to the tram stop.
5-3 Minamiyamate-cho, Nagasaki City
The place is super small, and the interior of the church is also very ordinary, probably because Angela Leung gave it the courage to sell such expensive tickets. Outside the line, buy a ticket to go in will doubt life.
Oura Catholic Church is located on the edge of the original Nagasaki bomb site, the current location is after the relocation and reconstruction of the original site on the original bomb site there. The two statues in front of the church were moved from the former church. Quaint church is very solemn, there are many local Catholics will come to worship here. There are many tourists visiting the church, and after all, there are not too many places to visit in Nagasaki itself.
The church is famous for the martyrdom of a man, and the whole church was supported for a long time, because Japan is mainly Shinto and is wary of foreign Catholics. Visiting the church is a fee, the church’s windows are very blue, stained glass out of the pattern is beautiful, the church is relatively close to the pier, come here more tourists with a group tour.
The exit of the park is the exit of the Ennokan, and about five minutes down the ramp you will see the Catholic Oura Church.
It was designated as a national treasure in 1933, and is the only building in the Western style among Japan’s national treasures. (I really didn’t expect it to be so famous when I saw it.) Oura Catholic Church is the oldest surviving church in Japan and the earliest Gothic-style wooden building church in Japan. It is said to have been built by two French priests-Forno and Ferré-to help pray for the 26 saints who were martyred at Nishizaka Hill, so its front face faces Nishizaka Hill. (Background: In Japan, with the prohibition of Catholicism issued by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), 26 faithful believers were arrested one after another and mercilessly executed in 1597.
It is said that the 26 saints themselves chose this place as their execution site because the terrain of Nishizaka-no-Mound resembles the biblical hill of Gorgosa where Christ was crucified. The interior of the church is inlaid with French stained glass produced about 100 years ago, and although most of it unfortunately suffered severe damage in the atomic bombing, there are some restored stained glass interspersed with it, and the sunlight shining through the glass not only illuminates the church but also expands the space for prayer (Baidu, 2013).
The most widespread religion in Japan is Shintoism, followed by Buddhism, which is more acceptable to Japanese people, and Catholic churches can be found in port cities.
Oura Catholic Church is very close to Heiwa Park, according to Google Maps, you can reach it on foot, this church is said to be rebuilt, it was originally near the nuclear explosion site, has been destroyed, but there are still several stone statues, although it is already rotten, but still there will always be the original stone statues to re-build the church. The church is not very big and can go without visiting.
Oura Catholic Church, also known as the Church of the 26 Martyrs of Japan (The Church of the 26 Martyrs), built in 1864, is the oldest surviving church in Japan, and is also the earliest Gothic-style wooden church in Japan, and is the only Western-style building among Japan’s national treasures.
Oura Catholic Church, not Urakami Catholic Church Oh, Nagasaki’s two most famous Catholic Church name like brothers.
Urakami has the element of the original explosion, while Ohura is the element of the twenty-six saints.
The building itself of the Oura Catholic Church is still very interesting to look at, and the photos taken are awesome.
The entrance fee is 600 yen / person, so expensive.
Stayed inside for two minutes and came out, or the exterior is more interesting, the tickets bought a bit wrong.
There is a pavilion next door, the maintenance of the general, and not particularly interested.
Walk a small uphill road can pass the Oura Catholic Church, 600 yen can only watch the interior of the church, said to be the earliest Catholic Church in Japan, wooden beams with brick structure, very Japanese style. Only did a quiet moment in the church, and there is nothing to visit.
The back door of the church is a shortcut to Goraba Park.