Hiroshima peace memorial
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Hiroshima, Japan, Asia
Hiroshima peace memorial is the only structure left standing in the area that was devastated by the atomic bomb explosion on August 6 1945. It has been preserved ever since the day of the explosion to show the destructive power of nuclear weapons created by man and to encourage peace and the elimination of all nuclear weapons. The Hiroshima peace memorial has been inscribed on the world heritage list as a cultural site for an extremely justified reason. It is a negative cultural heritage site which means it tells us about the mistakes humans have made. It was inscribe in 1996 as a symbol of world peace after the mass destruction caused by the first ever atom bomb. The Genbaku Dome was the only structure left standing near the centre of the explosion. This cultural site bears a history of suffering and is now protected to encourage world peace after the great loss of lives in World War 2. There have been other smaller monuments that have been built around the Genbaku dome to honour the victims of this tragedy. There is also a museum nearby where the effects of the bomb can be seen.
The Hiroshima peace memorial was originally a commercial exhibit. In 1944, it was used as an office for the local government and regulators. On August 6, 1945 at 8.15 am the Hiroshima atomic bomb exploded above the building demolishing everything except for a few walls and the steel framework. 140,000 people were killed in the explosion. Genbaku dome was the only structure left standing near the centre of explosion. In 1952, a park was built around the dome and Genbaku dome became the centre of the park. In 1955, the Peace Memorial Museum was established. This museum displays artefacts remaining from the bombing. It also teaches us about the effects of atom bombs. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is now one of the main attractions in Japan. The subject of the Park is Genbaku dome, but there are also other notable...
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