Monument Commemorating St. Xavier’s Stay in Kagoshima ざびえるたいかきねんひ

A stone wall of Kagoshima’s St. Xavier Cathedral built in honor of Xavier’s achievements

Father Emile Raguet, who created Japan’s first French-Japanese dictionary in the Meiji Period, built the church in honor of Francisco Xavier’s achievements. Most of the church was burned during World War II. A stone wall from the original church still stands in the park together with the bust of Xavier. Based on a donation by the Pope the church was rebuilt in the modern gothic style in 1949 in commemoration of the 400’th anniversary of Xavier’s arrival in Kagoshima. In 1999 three life-sized statues, one of Xavier, one of Bernard the Japanese, and one of Yajiro, the first Japanese Christian from Kagoshima, were erected.

Center of the city (downtown)
History, historic places

Basic Information

Address 892-0842 鹿児島県鹿児島市東千石町4-9
Address(English) 4-9 HIgashisengoku-cho, Kagoshima-shi
Access Approx. 5 minutes’ walk from Takamibaba streetcar stop


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