Tsuruoka Catholic Church Tenshudo

Tsuruoka Catholic Church Tenshudo was built in 1903 (year 36 of Meiji era) and is renowned for its Black Madonna statue. The church was built based on the Douvres-la-Délivrande's Basilica in Normandy region (France), according Father Papineau (French priest)'s plans. The church received the teachings of Father Dalibert, who arrived in Tsuruoka in 1885 to spread Christ's will.
The Black Madonna statue was given by Douvres-la-Délivrande's Basilica in 1903. Tsuruoka's Black Madonna is the only one in all Japan.
Tenshudo Church allies an European style (by its architecture) and a Japanese spirit (you have to take off your shoes before taking place on a tatami mat floor) which is very representative of Meiji Period.


7-19 Babacho Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture 997-0035
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Fee: Free


(from April to September) From 8:00 to 18:00
(from October to March) From 8:00 to 17:00


From Tsuruoka Station it takes 9 minutes by car.