Shitsu Village in Sotome
(Ⅱ) Formation of the tradition of continuing the Christian faith
|At this village, Hidden Christians were able to practise their faith by secretly revering sacred icons and keeping the Catholic liturgical calendar and catechism.|
In Shitsu Village, Hidden Christians concealed their faith by venerating icons secretly. They continued their religious practices based on the Catholic liturgical calendar and the Christian catechism without any guidance by missionaries. Many Hidden Christians in Sotome migrated to remote islands, including the Goto Islands, aiding the spread of the distinctive religious tradition of Hidden Christians in such islands and ensuring its continuation there. After the lifting of the ban on Christianity, the Hidden Christians in Shitsu Village gradually rejoined the Catholic Church, and on a hill overlooking the village they built a new church, marking the end of Hidden Christian tradition.
|Designation title as cultural assets||Location||Designation category||Year of designation|
|Landscape with Terraces Retained by Stonework of Sotome in Nagasaki||Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Landscape selected by the national government||2012|
|Former Shitsu Aid Centre||Nishishitsu-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Property designated by the national government||2003|
|Shitsu Church||Nishishitsu-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture||Important Cultural Property designated by the national government||2011|
＞Shitsu Church and Former Shitsu Aid Centre buildings（”Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region” Information Centre）
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