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Shanghai Cathedral of the "Surety of Sinners" Icon of the Theotokos

The cornerstone laying of the hierarchical Cathedral dedicated to the Theotokos, Surety of Sinners, took place in May 1933.

The Cathedral was located at the former Rue Paul Henry, adjacent to the parc de Ravine in the French Concession (present day 55, Xīnlè Road, Xúhuì District ), Shanghai.

The idea of building this cathedral began as early as 1929 by Archbishop Simon. Near the end of 1934 upon the arrival from Serbia of the newly consecrated Bishop John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai, this magnificent cathedral along with a three-story parish house and bell tower was finally completed in February 1936 under the supervision of St John the Wonderworker.

In May 1942, Fr Michael Rogozhin was appointed rector. From 1946 until the Communist came to power in 1949, Fr Elias Wen was the rector of the Cathedral. In May 1951, Patriarch Alexy of Moscow assigned Bishop Simeon (Du) to the Shanghai Diocese. According to Shanghai municipal archive, the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral was last celebrated in Febrary 1962, when Bishop Simeon fell ill.

The church building until recently has been used by "The Dome" bar restaurant.

1937-41 Photos by Harrison Forman
from the American Geographical Society Library,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
Photos

cornerstone laying
photo from Shanghai Library

photo from Shanghai Library

photo from Shanghai Library

c. 1936, courtesy of Shanghai Russian Club

photo from Shanghai Library

photos from memoryofchina.org

before construction of Parc de Ravine
and Xiangyángbei Road.
photo from memoryofchina.org

Nov 12, 1937 internment camp.
photo from memoryofchina.org

1942-46 photo from fotoe.com

1940s postcard from the U.K.

1949 photo
from Getty Time-Life

Bishop's house & Cathedral
at the parc de Ravine

from "The Orthodox Word"
pg 172, Nov-Dec 1966

1940s photo from ljchan0522

l2r: Fr. Nikolai Li (Shanghai);
Fr. Ilia Wen (Shanghai);
Abp Viktor; Protodeacon
(later Archpriest) Vasily Du
Protodeacon Evmeny Ying (from Harbin);
photo from Abp HILARION
of Sydney & Australia