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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome

原爆ドーム, 広島

The A-bomb Dome (pictured) in Hiroshima is the former Industrial Promotion Hall, built in 1914-15. The shattered building, now with UNESCO World Heritage status, is preserved as a memorial to the atom bombing of Hiroshima at 8.15 am, on August 6, 1945.

A-bomb Dome, Hiroshima

The building was designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel. Although, almost at the hypocenter of the nuclear explosion, the structure was one of very few buildings to remain standing in a 3km radius. Parts of the concrete in the building were burnt and even melted exposing the steel frame of the dome to the skies.

A-bomb Dome

Across the Motoyasu River is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, containing the Peace Memorial Museum and other monuments to the estimated 200,000 victims of the atomic bombing in 1945.

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