St Francis Xavier Memorial Church

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St Francis Xavier Memorial Church information

Location
Yamaguchi , Japan
More information
www.xavier.jp
Prices
donation ¥100
Opening hours
visiting hours 9am-5pm, closed Wed
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Yamaguchi was a major centre of Christian missionary activity before the religion was outlawed in 1589. This church has the look of a large tent, and sits above the town in Kameyama-kōen. Built in 1952 in honour of St Francis Xavier, it burned down in 1991 and was rebuilt in 1998. The ground-floor Christian museum contains exhibits on the life of Xavier and the early history of Christianity in Japan, most of it in Japanese only. Steps opposite the church lead up the hill to views of Yamaguchi.