Candidates for a world heritage
Former Nokubi Church
Nozaki-gou, Ojika-machi, Kitamatsuura-gun, 〒857-4709
Designed and constructed by Tetsukawa Yosuke. Finished in 1908.
The church has a single-storey roof with a rib vault ceiling. The ribs in each section are all supported by the same one column (a design feature which is unique among Japan’s brick churches).
Following a period of technical exchange with the Western missionaries, Japanese church building entered a new phase. Nokubi church is an early example of a church which, while integrating European and Japanese construction techniques, was designed and executed by a Japanese carpenter without guidance from foreign missionaries.
Although Nozaki island is now deserted, Former Nokubi church remains as an important testimony to the deep-rooted faith of the island's former inhabitants.