Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The St. Xavier memorial Church is located in Yamaguchi City. It was built in 1998 to replace an earlier church that "mysteriously" burnt down in 1991.
It was designed by the Italian architect Rugieri, and is constructed of marble and concrete.
St. Francis Xavier spent 6 months in Yamaguchi in 1550 as the guest of the local daimyo and it is said it was the happiest 6 months of his life.
The church bells can be heard all over downtown Yamaguchi, and they made me realize how much I miss the sound of church bells. Much nicer than the piped muzac spouting from the PA's in every other Japanese town.
There is a small Christian museum in the basement of the church with a small entrance fee. Entrance to the church itself is free.