Shimabara Castle

Shimabara Castle was originally constructed during the early Meiji Period on the Shimabara Peninsula. The castle is white-walled and is said to have been far larger than other castles in fiefs of a similar status. The heavy taxation imposed to build the castle and the persecution of Christians later led up to the Shimabara Rebellion between 1637 and 1638. The original castle was eventually torn down, but a replica was built in its place in 1964. However, some of the original stone bounday walls still stand to this day. The inside of the castle is now a museum which tells the story of the castle, and also holds a collection of Christian artefacts, as well as weapons and armour.
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