Peace Memorial Park World Heritage Site

The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) is the symbol of Hiroshima, a city that advocates peace throughout the world. The dome is located in the city, facing Hiroshima Bay in the Seto Inland Sea, and was originally the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall, built in 1915. While all surrounding structures were destroyed in the atomic bomb explosion, this building miraculously remained standing. In 1996, the dome was inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Peace Memorial Park is located next to the Atomic Bomb Dome. There you will find the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, a number of monuments for peace, a tower erected for the repose of the souls of the victims of the atomic bomb, a memorial tower, and a fountain with an eternal Flame of Peace. Flocks of doves, a symbol of peace, are often seen flying around the park.

It was 6 August 1945 when the first atomic bomb ever used in combat was dropped on Hiroshima. People from all over the world visit the dome to resolve never to repeat this tragedy, and to offer a wish for peace.

Bare, scorched steel sticks out from the roof and collapsed walls. This miserable half-demolished figure expresses the dire devastation of the bombing that occurred in those days, the sins of war, and the preciousness of peace in the future.

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