Attraction 57-2,57-3 Nakajimacho Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811 , Hiroshima Prefecture Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Gates of Peace is special ?
The monument, designed by French artist Clara Halter and architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, features 10 translucent nine-meter (30-feet) arches spread over a stone walkway with the word "peace" inscribed in 49 languages.
The Gates of Peace stretch some 100 meters (yards) along a boulevard facing the Peace Memorial Park, which will be the main venue for commemorations of the August 6, 1945 nuclear attack.
The privately funded monument was dedicated by Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, who came up with the idea of 10 gates symbolizing Dante's nine circles of Hell plus one more: Hiroshima.
It is the third collaboration between Halter and Wilmotte after the Wall of Peace dedicated in Paris in 2000 and the Tower of Peace in Saint Petersburg which marked the Russian city's tricentennial in 2003.
"After the world commemorated the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps, I found it impossible to do nothing to pay tribute to Hiroshima's dead and remind people what barbarism men are capable of," Halter said.
"We have a duty to remember but also to ensure that memory does not lead us to bitterness," she told AFP.
"These doors symbolize a crossing of the threshold into another universe, toward our desire for peace."
Halter is already working on her next project, a peace monument in Jerusalem.
Around 140,000 people, or more than half of Hiroshima's population at the time, died in the atomic bombing, either immediately or in the months that followed from horrific burns or radiation.
Three days after Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000 people. Emperor Hirohito went on the radio for the first time on August 15, 1945 to announce Japan's surrender.
How to get to Gates of Peace?
Approx. 25-30 minutes from the South Exite of JR Hiroshima Station.
・Take a #2 streetcar for Miyajima-guchi or a #6 for Eba and get off at Genbaku Dome-mae. (5 minute walk from the station)
・Take a #24 Hiroshima Bus for Yoshijima and get off at Heiwa Kinen Koen.
- Overshadowed By Peace Park
- Peace arches guarded by pigeons
- In front of the Peace museum
- Another excellent memorial in Hiroshima
- Stunning at night
57-2,57-3 Nakajimacho Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811 , Hiroshima Prefecture
Tips for you
Running along Peace Boulevard on the south perimeter of the Peace Park. These ten large gates covered in peace written in 49 languages, were built to mark the 60th anniversary of the bombing. They are best seen at night.