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Beautiful Historical Buildings from Various Cultures

Hakodate, Hokkaido

Beautiful Historical Buildings from Various Cultures

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When Hakodate's port was opened to the world near the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, new cultures arrived and several churches and monasteries were built in the city. The early Christian missionaries faced many difficulties in a land that predominantly practiced Shinto and Buddhism, but many of the buildings that they built still stand today as splendid cultural landmarks.

The Hakodate Orthodox Church

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The Hakodate Orthodox Church is one of the city's most famous historical buildings and it was the first Russian Orthodox church to be built in Japan. Its white walls make for a beautiful contrast with the green roof. The current building was built in 1916, and visitors can hear its bells toll on weekends and special occasions.
The Motomachi Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1859 and the current building was rebuilt in 1923. The cathedral's altar was a gift from the Pope, and the building is among the cluster of churches that makes the Motomachi district so unique.
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Trappistine Convent

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The Trappistine Convent was founded in 1898 as Japan's first convent and the current building was rebuilt in 1927. Visitors can tour the front garden as well as the archive, which features a souvenir shop.
With so many historical religious buildings in the area, visitors can tour them while sightseeing around the city.
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