Jan 6, 2017
Located in downtown Hiroshima, the Atomic Bomb Dome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It stands as a constant reminder of the bombing of Hiroshima and is a symbol that advocates the importance of peace.
Although the Atomic Bomb Dome draws visitors from all over Japan and the world, visitors are not permitted to enter the building. This is to make sure that the structural integrity of the building is preserved. However, using modern technology, you’ll still be able to get an idea of what the inside looks like using Google Street View.
The site is easy to get to – it’s just a 20-minute tramway ride from Hiroshima Station. Before it was destroyed during the Allied bombing, this structure was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, once used as an art exhibition hall and government offices.
In the aftermath of the bombing, as the clean-up of the city began, this half-destroyed ruin was preserved and the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall began being called the Atomic Bomb Dome by the citizens of Hiroshima.
A haunting sight, the Atomic Bomb Dome stands silent and still over the city of Hiroshima. Once a stunning red brick structure, the now exposed blackened steel skeleton of the Atomic Bomb Dome is a stark contrast against the whitened brick faces that remain.
As the years pass, there are fewer and fewer people alive who have experienced the horrors of World War II, but the Atomic Bomb Dome stands as a steadfast reminder of this world-changing event. After visiting the site, it is my hope that the magnitude of that day and the horrors of war will continue to be understood by the generations to come.
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