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Hiroshima Castle (in Japanese: 広島城, Hiroshima Jou) is a castle in Hiroshima Japan that was originally built in the 1590s. Mori Terumoto, a powerful feudal lord at the time, built Hiroshima Castle in 1589 and it became an important seat of power in Western Japan. The original castle was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and the current structure(s) are a semi-faithful "replicas" of the original. Interestingly, Hiroshima Castle (also called the "Carp Castle"; 鯉城) was one of the few castles allowed to remain standing after the Meiji Restoration and was declared a National Treasure in 1931... but unfortunately met its fate in WW2. Only thirteen years later, in 1958, the "Main Keep" of the castle was re-built in concrete with an attractive, partially wooden exterior and the inside developed as an informative museum on the castle's history and Japanese castles in general. Recent reconstruction of the castle were built using traditional Japanese building methods and materials of the time. These "recent" reconstruction include the castle's main gate and two turrets adjoined by a long storehouse.