Matsumoto Holy Cross Church




建築年 明治43(1910)年
移築年 昭和34(1959)年
設計者 宣教師か
施工者 不明





Year of construction: 1910 (Meiji 43)

Year of relocation: 1959 (Showa 34)

Architect: Missionary or

Builder: Unknown

[National Tangible Cultural Property] [Matsumoto City Modern Heritage]

 This wooden church was built in 1910 around the current Meiji Yasuda Seimei Building in Daimyocho, and its official name is “Matsumoto Holy Cross Church of the Anglican Church of Japan”. It also had a kindergarten at the time, and it is believed that Canadian missionaries were the main designers of the church. In 1959, the church was moved to its current location and was partly extended. At that time, structural and building materials, fittings, furniture such as the sanctuary table, and the stone steps of the entrance porch were recycled.

The distinctive lancet arches give the impression of Gothic style, and the same arche shape is applied in the entrance porch, windows, and walls of the chapel. The exterior walls are painted with mortar, and the bell tower above the entrance, the steeply pitched red tile roof with decorative gables, and the lancet arches on the gable walls create a unique landscape. The stained glass is not lead rimmed, but hollowed out wooden boards with colored glass inserted in the frames.

The plane of the chapel is in the shape of a cross, and the roof is supported by scissor trusses with alternating beams. By showing the shed structure of the sloping ceiling as it is, it gives an enhanced feel to the design, and the simple yet high and spacious open space creates a solemn atmosphere that envelops people in the building.

The building was designated as a registered tangible cultural property in 2021. In 2016, it was registered as a Matsumoto City Modern Heritage Site.