Diving Deeper

Tsuwano’s Tangible Cultural Property: Catholic Church


The Catholic Church and the Clergy house was built in 1931, on the grounds where once the Hori Kurobei residence stood, a family from the chief’s of Tsuwano town. The building is of Gothic style, a wooden structure with gabled metal roof and a single bell tower. The building has stained glass on the south and north side. The clergy house is a 2 storey hip roofed wooden structure, clapboard/weatherboard on the outer wall, which gives it a western design. The Hori Kurobei residence’s Japanese style garden has been preserved in front of the entrance (of the clergy house)

The walls and gates are mainly from the reconstruction of Edo period townscape done in the 1970s, with exception of the Tago gate and wall, the foundation stones of the Hankou domain school which is from the Edo period(1600-1868), and the stone walls of the waterways, which are from Meiji period (1868-1912). The same way the stone foundation at the Catholic Church are the remaining of the Meiji period’s Hori residence. 

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