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Photo Exhibit of Orthodox Churches in China

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  • aggreen1
    Only one preserved Orthodox church functions in China Only one of the preserved Orthodox churches
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2004
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      Only one preserved Orthodox church functions in China

      Only one of the preserved Orthodox churches functions in China. It
      is located in Harbin and is dedicated to the Protection of the Most
      Holy Theotokos. The rest are used as museums, showrooms, storage
      facilities and restaurants. Their fate is recounted in the photo
      exhibit, "Russian Orthodox Churches in China", that opened in St.
      Petersburg's Shuvalovsky Palace, reports a correspondent of "Portal-
      Credo.Ru".

      Orthodox architecture in the present CPR is tied to the founding of
      the Russian Spiritual Mission in Peking and the prolonged stay in
      Northeastern China of a large number of Rusians: first in connection
      with the building of the Chinese-Eastern railroad at the turn of the
      XIX-XX centuries, and in the 1920s - as a result of emigration.

      The exposition gives an idea of the apperance of 19 of the best known
      churches, built in 1880-1941. Half of them were lost during the
      years of China's "cultural revolution" of 1960s. According to
      exhibition organizers, Chinese society nurtures the idea of restoring
      the St. Nicholas Church, which adorned Harbin and which was was
      brought down by the Maoists.
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