Cenotaph for the Atomic bomb victims, in background Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Park, Hiroshima, Japan.
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park contains several buildings of remembrance. The Peace Museum draws on individual stories and surviving items related to the 1945 atomic explosion in which 166,000 people were killed, as well as documents the history of the city before and afterward. It’s an inevitably poignant experience, as are the nearby Children’s Peace Monument, dedicated to the youngest victims, and the Atomic Bomb Dome, whose skeletal dome and destroyed walls remind viewers of the reasons for the city’s unceasing commitment to peace and a world without nuclear weapons.