On this page, I will introduce the real story of the Nagasaki region in Kyushu. There are many Christians in the Nagasaki region. From the 17th to the 19th century, they have kept their faith secretly, even if Christianity is forbidden.

Photos of the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 1

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In the 16th century, Christianity was brought to Japan.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 2

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But it was forbidden. Many people were martyred.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 3

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture

In the 17th century, believers rebelled in Kyushu.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 4

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However, it was suppressed by the Tokugawa Shogunate.
About 37,000 people were all killed.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 5

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Since then, believers secretly kept their beliefs.

 

In the 19th century, the Tokugawa Shogunate ended and a new government was established.
Missionaries from Europe came to Japan again.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture

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Missionaries found the believers.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 7

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The churches were rebuilt.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 8

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In 2018, the Christian heritage of Nagasaki and Amakusa region was registered as a World Heritage site.

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 9

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture

 

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki Prefecture 10

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You can feel this magnificent drama in western Kyushu.

 

Map of Shimabara in Nagasaki Prefecture

 

Thank you for reading to the end.

 

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