Since the city has always maintained connection with European countries, they had a great impact on its culture and lifestyle. Today many people call Nagasaki the most European city of the country. The western part of the city really looks like a modern European region. Even buildings here are not usual for Japan. The most remarkable structure of this region is the Glover Mansion, which once was occupied by a wealthy merchant from England. However, the central part of Nagasaki is more like Chinatown. The Chinese community lived here for several centuries, so the main local historical attractions are represented by several churches built in the 17th century. Gourmet travellers will fall in love with the Chinese restaurants located in this area. Each year the "Chinese" Dragon Parade takes place in this region of the city. This is a truly magical and spectacular holiday.
Among the religious sights of Nagasaki we would like to mention the Urakami Catholic Church, which was severely damaged by the explosion, but it was completely refurbished in 1981. The only building in the Gothic style is the Oura Catholic Church.
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