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Notice for visiting the churches

As the churches are the places for prayer, please observe visiting manners and feel the solemn atmosphere quietly.
In some cases we cannot accept visitation to the churches due to religious events (Mass, funerals, etc.) or a too large number of visitors. To avoid such situation, we ask you to make a prior notice for your visit.
In addition, the inside of Ono Church is not open to the public basically because of the deterioration, so the visit is the outside only.
Tabira Church is an important property to be related to the sites for UNESCO World Heritage status, and a lot of people visit the church.
For this reason, we ask to make a prior notice for your visit Tabira church in the same way as the sites.

Kashiragashima Church

A nationally important cultural property generated by the Christian faithful

Until the end of the Edo Period (the late 19th century) Kashiraga-shima was uninhabited. Driven out of their homeland by persecution, Christians settled in this remote islet. Domingo Mori Matsujiro, a Catholic evangelist, moved in and hid a French missionary in his house, which was opened for a prayer place and a training school for Catholic preachers. In 1868, when a grand-scale crackdown on Christianity referred to as Goto Kuzure extended to this islet, the Christian facilities established by Domingo Mori was used as a jail to confine arrested Christians. Most of the Christians temporarily evacuated from the roundup-stricken settlement to seek for safer places.

In 1887, a wooden church was built at the site of Domingo Mori’s house. In 1910, Osaki Hachiju, then parish priest, asked Tetsukawa Yosuke, a renowned architect, to construct a stone-built church. Shortage of funds interrupted the construction. The parishioners cooperated, by dedicating labor at tasks such as quarrying and carrying stone in the daytime and making money out of fishery during nighttime hours.

The interior of the church is spacious owing to its non-colonnaded structure. Its dually coved ceilings with a floral pattern create a unique and beautiful atmosphere. The serrated decoration under the eaves magnificently adds to the massive feeling of the outer appearance made of 30cm-thick stone blocks.

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