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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church

山口サビエル記念聖堂

Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church

The Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church was completed in 1998. Located on a hilltop overlooking central Yamaguchi City, the striking modern design replaced an earlier church built in 1958 that mysteriously burned down in 1991.

Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
The church is open to visitors from 09:00am to 17:30pm daily, and there is a Mass on Sundays from 09:30 -10:30.

There is also a Christian Museum located below the church that is open daily except Wednesdays. Admission 300yen.

Yamaguchi-shi, Kameyama-cho 4-1B
Tel. 083-920-1549

The city also has a Xavier Memorial Park with a monument to the Catholic Missionary.

Francisco de Xavier, the first Christian missionary to visit Japan arrived in Kagoshima in 1549. He made a brief, unsuccessful visit to Yamaguchi City in 1550, but returned in 1551 and this time succeeded in gaining the support and patronage of the local Lord, and stayed for 6 months achieving 500 converts in that time.

Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church

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