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In St. Petersburg photo-exhibition "
Russian Orthodox temples in China " Has opened
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The Majority of orthodox temples in the Chinese National Republic is used as museums, showrooms, warehouses and restaurants, informs the Internet-site "". Photo-exhibition tells About destiny of these temples sinologa S.S.Levoshko " Russian orthodox temples in China ", opened on October, 4th, 2004 in SHuvalovskom a palace of St. Petersburg within the limits of a round table " Russia and China. 55 years of diplomatic relations. A condition and prospects of cooperation ".

The Given scientific forum which has collected representatives of administration of St. Petersburg, General consulate of the Peoples Republic of China in St. Petersburg, Chinese zemljachestva and the Chinese center in St. Petersburg, financial, business and scientific circles of Russia and China, took place within the limits of III annual festival " China - far and close ".

The Orthodox architecture in China is connected with the basis of Russian Spiritual mission in Beijing, and also long stay in Northeast China big number of Russian people: first in communication with construction on boundary OIO-OO of centuries of eeoaenei-east railway, and in 1920th years - as a result of emigration. The presented works tell about how looked 19 most known orthodox temples constructed in China in 1880-1941. Half from them has been lost within "cultural revolution" 1960.

On various data, now in China it is totaled from 8 up to 15 thousand orthodox believers. Mostly they live in Beijing, Shanghai, province Heilongjiang, autonomous regions of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia. Authorities of China now construct new orthodox temples in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.

In the city of Wuhan the building of XX century of a temple constructed in 30th years in the name of blagovernogo prince Alexander Nevskogo was kept.

In 1986 the Pokrov church in Harbin has been opened for fulfilment of divine services. Now in connection with a spent accomplishment of Harbin the question on restoration Piously-ieeieuneiai a temple before decorated city, and restoration of kept building Iversk Church is studied.

In Shanghai two orthodox temples - a cathedral in honour of icon Bozhiej of Mother " Sporuchnitsa guilty " and Nikolai church were kept. During a meeting on July, 13th, 2004 with chairman of the Department of external church communications of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Smolensk and Kaliningrad Cyril Posol Kitajskoj Narodnoj Respubliki in Russia Liu Guchang has assured, that the specified buildings will be restored for use in the cultural purposes connected with history of the Russian presence at China.