Friday, August 21, 2009

A mistake never to be repeated - Atomic Bomb Dome

On a busy weekday, cars and electrical tramways come and go along the streets of Hiroshima. It is like no other business area, just a little bit quieter. Soon, you will come across a small entrance of a park, and in front of the park, there you will see it. The famous Atomic Bomb Dome of Hiroshima.

This building, now called the "Atomic Bomb Dome" by people all over the world was once a produce museum built in 1915 with a very European appearance. Designed by a Czech man, the building had a very modern European appearance for that age and was a famous attraction among the civilians of that time. However, it was only until August 6th, 1945 that the beautiful structure was to be enjoyed. On the morning of the same day, the first atomic bomb was dropped in the sky of Hiroshima and that area soon became a devastating inferno. Every building and every human was vanished in a blink of an eye, and what remained was only a small fraction of the produce museum's framework. Ever since the horrifying incident, the Atomic Bomb Dome remains in the same condition as it did from 64 years ago.

As soon as you arrive at the Dome, you will probably be left speechless at how shocking the building appears. There are shattered rocks piled around the Dome and bent iron frames stick out in directions from the fragile brick walls. Although construction for preserving the Dome has been done 3 times already in the past, it seems as if the building is going to collapse in a moment. The great power of the atomic bomb can sure be felt first hand. A river also runs beside the Atomic Bomb Dome, and although the building itself is quite shocking, the view of the river and the Dome is a beauty. The view will never be forgotten.

The Atomic Bomb Dome is located a few minutes away by electrical tramway from the Hiroshima Station. For the people in Hiroshima, it may be something that they see everyday and it has become a part of their daily life. However, the Dome never quits giving out its message to the whole world. The same mistake must never be repeated and world peace must always be maintained. You will definitely feel so when you make a visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome.

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