The 2 towers soaring from the church are 16 meters high and the church has becomes one of the most visited landmarks in Nagasaki. The museum and church was designed by Kenji Imai (1895-1987). Here is some background information of the unknown designer and architect.
1895 born in Tokyo
1919 graduated from Waseda University
1919-65 teaches architecture at Waseda University
1926-27 travelled to Europe, influenced by Gaudi´s work
1948 converted to Catholicism
The architecture of the church is unique and any fans of the works by Gaudi will immediately recognize the similarities. So, if you are a follower of Gaudi's works or just like to visit interesting places then i am sure you will come away with a positive image of this place. It will be impossible to just spend 10 to 15 minutes here, budget on at least 45 minutes to an hour as every aspect of this building will attract your eye and demand further detailed inspection. This location is a great place to talk a walk and just breath in the history and atmosphere that remains today.
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|Entrance of the Church|
|The 26 Martyrs Memorial in the foreground|
|Inspired by Gaudi|
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