The Peace Memorial Park, completed in 1854, was previously an urban district called Nakajima, the political, administrative, and commercial heart of Hiroshima before the nuclear explosion. On Aug. 6th, 1945 the atomic bomb exploded directly above this area, flattening the entire district to the ground. In 1949 it was decided that the entire Nakajima District would be devoted to peace memorial facilities. The park, designed by the Tokyo University professor Kenzo Tange, was opened in 1954 and covers an area of 122100 sq. metres. It contains a museum and several monuments and memorials. The park has been a a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

01 A-bomb dome 02 A-bomb dome 03 A-bomb dome 04 A-bomb dome 05 A-bomb dome 06 Memorial tower to the mobilised students
07 Statue and paper crane chains 08 Paper crane chains 09 Peace bell 10 Peace bell 11 Children peace monument 12 Children peace monument
13 Schoolchildren assembling at Children peace monument 14 Schoolchildren assembling at Children peace monument 15 Statue of Sadako Sasaki 16 Statue of Sadako Sasaki 17 Children peace monument 18 Children peace monument
19 Children peace monument - Boxes containing chains of paper cranes 20 Schoolchildren contributing paper crane chains 21 Paper crane chains 22 Cenotaph monument 23 Cenotaph monument 24 Cenotaph monument
25 Schoolchildren assembling in front of Cenotaph 26 Peace memorial museum 27 Model of A-bomb explosion
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