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Holy Annunciation Church in Harbin

The Blagovescekaya Church (Annunciation of the Theotokos) was built originally of wood beginning on March 25/ April 6, 1900 and finished in May, 1903. It was burned down on February 23, 1918. It was rebuilt beginning in May 1918 and finished on March 22, 1919. A new Byzantine style Church was started to be built in its place on September 1/14, 1930 and completed in 1941 at 41 Police Street (now Yǒuyì Road), Dàolǐ District, Harbin.

The eighth rector was Fr Daniel He. The ninth and last rector was Fr Anthony Yao from Beijing. The church building was closed in 1966 and finally destroyed in 1970.

Photos of original Annunciation Church

Sept 24, 1938
postcard from
Dalian, China

photo from Japan

Songhua River in background

Komarova, M.K. History of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 14

Sept 1/14, 1930 photo
Komarova, M.K. History of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 53

Komarova, M.K. History of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 67

Russkaya Atlantida
Memory -- the only paradise from which we cannot be banished...
I. Rikhter

Holy Annunciation Church

Sunday, July 11, 2004
N. Razzhigaieva
English Translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas

The Annunciation Church in Harbin at the Quay was striking in its grandness and rare decorative effects, its surprising harmony of forms and grandeur. The temple's interior accoutrement, executed in celestial blue tones, was magnificent. Filled with sun beams penetrating through the narrow windows under the cupola, the temple's huge interior space instilled a light, prayerful mood. This was one of the most beautiful edifices built by Russian people in Harbin, and was one of the city's best architectural ornaments. "The Cultural Revolution" did not bypass the church. In 1970 it was blown up and lay in ruins. The church lives on in our memory as it was when we left it, when we said farewell to Harbin forever...

Photos by Ablamskii, Vladimir Pavlovich, 1911-1994

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 8

Photos
 

1931 from ostashkov.ru

May 7/20, 1934 gramata
from ostashkov.ru

Sept 1/14, 1941 gramata
from ostashkov.ru

1942 from ostashkov.ru

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 101

1936 photo
Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 28

1936 photo
Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 64

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 56

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 58

1940 photo
Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 148

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 149

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 111

Sept 1/14, 1941 photo
Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 173

Sept 1/14, 1941 photo
Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 180

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 186

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 189

Komarova, M.K. History
of the Annunciation
Church in Harbin
. 1942, pg 191

Blagoveschenskaya Church in the old days
from the author of 'Tarasov Saga'

postcard from Liubov Afonina

1930s photo from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

1940s photo from Japan