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.|
Shitsu Village in Sotome is one of the four components that are representative villages demonstrating what the Hidden Christians venerated to continue their secret faith. Hidden Christians in Shitsu concealed and continued their religious faith by secretly venerating icons and conducting their religious practices based on the Catholic liturgical calendar and the Christian catechism. Amid the ban on Christianity, many Hidden Christians in Sotome migrated to remote islands, including the Goto Islands, aiding the spread of Hidden Christian communities in such islands. After the lifting of the ban, the Hidden Christians in Shitsu gradually rejoined the Catholic Church and built a new church on a hill overlooking the village, which marks the end of their hiding.
|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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