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Diocese of Harbin

The Diocese of Harbin covered Northeast China, including the present-day provinces of Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning.

Area churches were originally incorporated into the Vladivostok Diocese in 1907. The Diocese of Harbin was organized as a Metropolis in 1922 by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, being administratively independent from both the Diocese of Vladivostok and the Russian Spiritual Mission in Beijing. In 1945 when the Diocese joined the Moscow Patriachate, it was reorganized as the Metropolis of Harbin and East Asia which included the Korean Mission. In 1946 it was decreed as the East Asian Exarchate. The Exarchate was abolished in 1954.


Chinese Eastern Railway Map

Photos
 

Russian soldiers worshipping in church
at Harbin on their way to the front,
photo from "Japan's Fight for Freedom",
Vol. 2, May 15, 1904, pg. 548

Harbin Ice Festival
1920s photo from Japan

1929 photo
Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 36

1941 photo
Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 165

Harbin Ice Festival
1920s postcard from Japan

Harbin Ice Festival
1930s postcard from Japan

postcard misidentified
in English as the
Cathedral in Harbin.
Actually the Dormition
Cathedral
in Khabarovsk

postcard from forum.vgd.ru

photos from "Manchoukuo Photobook" (1st registration) Dec. 20, 1941, pg. 114

photo from "Manchoukuo
Photobook" (2nd registration)
Dec. 20, 1942, pg. 7