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Inside the Hiroshima Peace Memorial

The Genbaku Dome (原爆ドーム) in Hiroshima (photo: Michael Helmer)

One of the unmistakable features of the Hiroshima skyline is the shattered remains of the dome structure at the top of what used to be known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This building lies almost directly at the hypocentre of the atomic explosion that devastated much of the city 66 years ago yesterday (August 6th 1945).

Today, the locals call it the A-bomb dome (原爆ドーム; genbaku dōmu), although it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is officially known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (広島平和記念碑; Hiroshima heiwa kinenhi).

The building isn’t normally open to the public, so can only be seen from the outside. However, Google Japan announced on Friday that they had added the site to Google Maps (Google 日本 Blog; Japanese only). So now you can take a virtual walk around the ruins whenever you like.

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