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St Nicholas Cathedral in Harbin

Begun building in 1899, this wooden Cathedral in Central Square, Harbin, was completed in 1900. Also built next to the Cathedral was the Holy Iveron Icon of the Theotokos Chapel, being a replica of the revered Moscow Chapel of the same namesake that was destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1928.

On August 23, 1966, during the Cultural Revolution, the Cathedral was destroyed by the Red Guards. Present day Hóngbó Square was where the original Cathedral use to stand.

According to Harbin municipal religious archive, Fr Valentin Baryshnikov served as the sixth rector, while the seventh and last rector of the Cathedral Fr Anikita Wang was martyred in 1967.

In 2007, St Nicholas Art Museum has been built at a different location as a full scale replica of the original St Nicholas Cathedral.

  1. photo c. 1927
  2. 1930s photo, night photo by VP Ablamskii
Photos
 

1900 photo from
forum.vgd.ru

Drawings and photo of Cathedral
from the album OKVZHD 1903.
forum.vgd.ru

1930s art card by Takanori Ohno

Sept 24, 1938
postcard from
Dalian, China

Sept 24, 1938
postcard from
Dalian, China

1927 photo of Lena Avenarius
from alexsavo

photo from Japan

iconostasis
postcard from Japan

postcard from Japan

postcard from Japan

1930s art postcard
holder from Japan

April 21, 1935 postcard from Japan

1920s photo from Japan

1920s photo from Japan

1920s postcard from OH, USA

1920s postcard from OH, USA

1930s postcard from Japan

July 20, 1941 postcard
from Japan

1930s postcard from Japan

1930s art postcard from Japan

1930s postcard from FL, USA

1920s postcard from Japan

1930s postcard from Japan

1931-32 photo from AGSL

1930s photo from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

1920s postcard from Hong Kong

1930s postcard from Japan

1930s art card from Japan

1930s postcard
from Dalian, China

1930s postcard from Dalian

1920s postcard from Japan

1920s postcard from Japan

1920s postcard from Kernbeisser

1930s 2fen postcard
from kernbeisser

1930s postcard from kernbeisser

1930s postcard from kernbeisser

1930s postcard

1930s postcard from Japan

1940s postcard from
kernbeisser

1930s postcard from Shenyang, China

1930s postcard from Japan

1930s 3 fen postcard
from Japan

Sept 9, 1935 postcard from Japan

July 29, 1936 postcard from Japan

1930s postcard from Japan

2 fen postcard from France

1930s photo from Japan

St Nicholas Cathedral in the old days — completely made of wood
from the author of 'Tarasov Saga'

1934 postcard from USA

November 1917 photo by O.S.
Whightman from USA

November 9, 1935 postcard from Japan

1930s 2 fen postcard from Japan

Oct 16, 1939 postcard from China

1930s postcard from China

1929 photo from the U.K.

postcard from Japan

Monthly Consular & Trade Report Apr-Jun 1904, pg 14
National Geographic Magazine, Dec. 1, 1904, pg 116
Public Opinion, Jan-Jun 1904, pg 248

postcard from Japan

postcard from Hong Kong

1920 postcard
from Japan

c.1906 postcard from New York

postcard from Japan

1940s postcard from Japan

photo from Abp HILARION of Australia

1941, Archim. Nikolai (Ono)
inside St Nicholas Cathedral
photo from Bp. Seraphim of Sendai

clergy from left: Bp Dimitry, Met. Melety,
Archim. Nicholas (Ono), Abp. Nestor,
April 6, 1941, front of St Nicholas Cathedral
photo from Bp. Seraphim of Sendai

1930s photo from 01varvara

photo from Japan

photo from pg 399 of Century
Illustrated Magazine (July, 1904)
Illustrated chronicle of the
Russian-Japanese War (1904) pg. 94

1940s postcard from Hong Kong

photo from fotoe.com

photo from fotoe.com

photo from fotoe.com

photo from fotoe.com

1904 photo from fotoe.com

1930s postcard from Bulgaria

1930s postcard from IL USA

1930s postcard from Moscow

1930s postcard
from Japan

courtesy of Abp Hilarion of Australia

Military Parade in front of Cathedral 1946 WWII Photo from Israel

1940s postcard
from China

postcard mailed on
Nov 16 1926 to Riga

b&w postcard
from United Kingdom

1930s postcard from Japan

postcard from Hong Kong

postcard from Israel

postcard from Hong Kong

1930s postcard
from Japan

1930s photo
from Japan

1930s postcard
from Japan

from ROCOR

Church interior
A widow faculty (on the right
a tomb of Metropolitan Mefodija)

from Russian Club
in Shanghai

1925 photo from
Vladimir Shkurkin

taken in 1909
by a French
photographer

courtesy of pravoslavie.ru

 

1905 postcard
from "Vintage Postcards"

1905 postcard from "Vintage Postcards"

1905 postcard from "Vintage Postcards"

1905 postcard from "Vintage Postcards"

courtesy of RusHarbin.com

August 23-24, 1966 photos from forum.gd.ru