The Weekly Photo: Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome

By Nomadic Matt | Published June 3rd, 2012

The skeletal remains of the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan

The skeletal remains of the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan

History: This building was one of the city’s best-known sights, designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel in 1915, the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall (and its famous green dome) had a European style. Because the explosion took place almost directly above the building, the walls remained largely intact, even as the dome shattered and the people inside were killed by the heat of the blast. Initially, as the city rebuilt, it was left alone simply because it was more difficult to demolish than other remains in the area; gradually, the A-Bomb Dome became the symbol of the blast. The “Hiroshima Peace Memorial” was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

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It looks like an absolutely haunting structure, amazing story behind it. Thanks for sharing.

wow, that’s really interesting! Crazy how the walls are intact after such an explosion!

Very poignant – places like these (along with Auschwitz, for example) always leave me speechless. No words could possibly describe the atmosphere!

ah, what a sad story, imagine how it had been for the people that were inside the dome when the nuke was dropped on top of it. If gas chambers of Hitler is torture, getting fried inside a dome is no less. ultimately, it is the dictators that is to blame for the tragedies caused to their people.

good of UNESCO to declare it as a heritage site, we will remember the losses and pain of the history and vow not to let it happen again in the future.

Neat, but sad at the same time. I always assumed almost everything in that area had been destroyed and didn’t think there were really any standing structures left in memoriam.

It’s very sad that the building remained intact, but offered no protection for the people inside.

NomadicMatt

People burn at a lower temperature than buildings!

this reminds us all no body wins when you go to war. You will be branded forever

This building is surreal…the fact that this was almost the center of the A bomb blast…no one wins in war.

Martha

More miraculous is the site of the Nagasaki atomic bomb site; in a short time after the bomb, beautiful, rare flowers grew.

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