Candidates for a world heritage
Minamiyamate 5-3, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki-ken 〒850-0931
Oura Cathedral is dedicated to the 26 martyrs of Japan, and was also the stage for an event which became known as the “Discovery of Christians”.
At the time when it was constructed, foreigners residing in Japan were allowed to be Christian, but for Japanese people it was still forbidden.
The French missionary Father Petitjean experienced many difficulties when raising the funds to cover the cost of the church's construction.
Father Petitjean was buried inside the cathedral, where his body still rests today.
Inside the cathedral there are various gifts from France.