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NAGASAKI ANGEL

Sculpture carved in high relief

40 x 28  cm

Date of entry at UNESCO


Donation made to the UNESCO by the city of Nagasaki (Japan)

Country of origin
  Japan

Donating country
  Japan


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© Photo : UNESCO/M. Ravassard


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This miraculously salvaged sculpture previously adorned a cathedral in Urakami Shudo (Nagasaki, Japan).It was destroyed when the bomber B-29 dropped an atomic plutonium bomb on August 9th, 1945 at 11:02 am. At the time of the explosion, mass was taking place in the cathedral and many lives were lost as a result. The city’s inhabitants hoped to keep a souvenir of their church, but almost nothing was left. Nevertheless, certain statues of saints and angels remained undamaged, as was the case for this particular face of an angel. Called “The Nagasaki Angel”, this fragment was donated to UNESCO in 1976, in Paris, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. This angel is a symbol of Peace and hope in Humanity's future.

Nagasaki is famous not only for having been the target of the second atomic bomb at the end of the Second World War, but also for having remained, during two centuries, the point of contact between Japan and the rest of the world, as well as for its Christian minority that has remained active over time.

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