A-bomb Dome 2
We now set out for A-bomb Dome, which is also inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage List. It is a building on a piece of land that has been left untouched since the city’s bombing. It lies in the center of the city. Just riding on the trolly that leads through the city center will bring the dome into view.
At 8:15 on the morning of August sixth, 1945, at a point some 150 meters in the sky southeast of present-day A-bomb Dome, the bomb exploded. In the blink of an eye, the city of Hiroshima turned to hell on earth. They predicted Hiroshima would be a barren wasteland for 70 years. Southward of Aioi Bridge, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (now called A-bomb Dome) stood only half-collapsed from the atomic blow. Some 30 people inside the building were killed. The crumbling exterior wall, stripped to its bare iron frame, remains to this day, in the same tragic state. All people from every nation around the world come to visit this reminder of the terrible devastation of the atomic bomb. They come to see the image of this starting point for world peace.