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.
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
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.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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