Here stands the skeletal remains of a products promotion hall designed by a Czech architect.
It was left as it is after the atomic bomb “Little Boy” left its mark in Hiroshima on the fateful day in 1945.
The building was the only structure left standing near the bomb’s hypocenter. Soon commonly called the Genbaku (“A-Bomb”) Dome, due to the exposed metal dome framework at its apex, the structure was scheduled to be demolished with the rest of the ruins, but the majority of the building was intact, delaying the demolition plans. The Dome became a subject of controversy, with some locals wanting it torn down, while others wanted to preserve it as a memorial of the bombing and a symbol of peace. Ultimately, when the reconstruction of Hiroshima began, the skeletal remains of the building were preserved.
This dome reminds us that peace does not come naturally; usually it comes at a price and sometimes the price is very high.