4. What to choose for Registration
Church Group Distribution
The Nagasaki Church Group, designates Hirado, Ikitsuki, Goto and Nagasaki as a triangle area surrounding Goto. However, as they are the work of Yosuke Tetsukawa, "The Pillar Constructor", we also consider the buildings just outside this area, such as the ones located in the Fukuoka, Saga and Kumamoto Prefectures.
Chart 7. Distribution chart of the
Nagasaki Church Group
For proposed registration, we have selected churches of richer cultural and historic value and unique architectural design. Most of the churches chosen (See Chart 7, abobe) were constructed during the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa period (For details, see Chart 8 below).
Two churches built after the World War II are part of this group because of their special historic and cultural value. These are the Urakami Cathedral (completely destroyed by the Atomic Bomb) and the Saint Philip Church (Twenty Six Martyrs Church) in Nishizaka.
Needless to say, the fact that some of the church buildings are not included in the list does not deny their cultural or artistic value. The proposed World Heritage registration group is based on priorities, and as such it does not exclude future consideration.
Chart 8. Nagasaki (Other Prefectures included) Church Group tentative World Heritage candidate list
*Old Gorin: 1881
*Old Oura: 1864
Kyushu (other than Nagasaki Prefecture)
Old Daimyoji: 1879
Type of cultural assets
National Treasure or National Important culturalassets
Brick, wood, stone, reinforced concrete
principal church-related facilities