Precincts of Oura Church

The precincts of Oura Church are the place where, in March 1865, the clandestine Christians of Urakami confessed their faith to Father Bernard-Thadée Petitjean, and are highly important in terms of Christian history as the location where the so-called “discovery of hidden Christians” in Nagasaki took place. This discovery was a source of much amazement, news of which reached Europe and continued to be spoken of by subsequent generations.

 

In addition to the Oura Church building itself, the precincts still preserve four facilities including the Former Latin Seminario Nagasaki, built between the final years of the Edo Era and the early Taisho Era. The precincts of Oura Church are where the Christian faith that was suppressed under the shogunate and the Christian faith that appeared as a result of the opening of Japan to the outside world came together. They are also the focal point of the revival of Christianity under the Paris Foreign Missions Society from the Meiji Era onwards. The value of these facilities illustrating these events lies in their remarkably good state of preservation. The precincts are the first post-shogunate Christian site in Japan to be designated as a National Historic Site.

Key information on the cultural property

Designated category
Nationally Designated Historic Site
Registered date
September 19, 2012
Address
5-3 Minami Yamate-machi, Nagasaki City
Proprietary rights
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki

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