75.3 Former Gorin Church is a restoration of Hamawaki Church which was built in 1881 and the second oldest wooden church after Oura Church in Nagasaki. In 1931 Hamawaki Church was reconstructed with a larger space. The dismantled materials were used for the construction of a church in the Gorin district. The restored church uses a rare combination of Japanese and Western construction methods. It has an outer appearance of a traditional Japanese building but an interior consisting of a nave boarded rib vault ceilings. It is no longer a church, but maintained by Goto City, and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Nagasaki Hidden Christian sites.
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