|Denkmal, Kirche und Museum. Ein christlicher Gedächtnisort Mitten in Japan|
The story of the 26 martyrs begins in the 16th century. Although he had tolerated Christianity even after the ban issued in 1587, Toyotomi Hideyoshi became suspicious of missionaries as possible agents for European intervention in Japan. Twenty-six Christians, including six foreign missionaries and three children, were arrested in Kyoto and Osaka and forced to walk through the snow to Nagasaki. After an 800km journey, they were crucified on Nishizaka hill on February 5, 1597. This was to serve as a warning to the large Christian population of Nagasaki.
In 1862, these 26 martyrs were canonized by Pope Pius IX. On the centennial of their canonization, a church, a museum and bronze monument were constructed at the site of the martyrdom. The museum displays documents and items related to the activities and struggles of the persecuted Christians.
|Edict of prohibition of Christianity in Japan and offering of reward to people who give information about Priests, Brothers, Catechists, or returnees to the Christian faith. Dated 1682.|