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St. Alexis (Aleksejev) Church of Harbin

This temple dedicated to St Alexis, Metropolitan of Moscow was originally built out of wood on February 25, 1912. Rebuilt with brick in 1930-1935, it was consecrated on Sep 23/Oct 6, 1935. Ivan Andreevich Kolchin was the choir director from 1921 to 1936.

According to Harbin municipal religious archive, Fr Peter Rozhdestvensky served as the second rector, Fr Michael Rogozhin as the third rector, and the last rector was Fr Stefan Wu Zhiquan. According to A.V. Popov, Fr Nikolai Starikov also served at this church.

Today, it is being used as a Catholic Church.

Towards the First Anniversary of the Consecration of St. Alexis Temple

Towards the First Anniversary of the Consecration of St. Alexis Temple in Majiagou, City of Harbin, 6/X 1935—6/X 1936. (in Russian, published by St. Alexis Church, Majiagou, Harbin, 1936) courtesy of Abp HILARION of Sydney & Australia

St Alexis of Moscow

 
Photos
 

Baptismal font on the day of
Baptism of the Lord-January 1958.
from Abp Hilarion of Australia

Fr Nikolai Starikov, Fr Stefan Wu
with parishioners of St Alexis
photo from Abp HILARION of Sydney & Australia

l2r: unidentified deacon,
Fr Nikolai Starikov, Fr
Stefan Wu at St Alexis Church
photo from Abp HILARION of Sydney
& Australia

postcard from Japan

 
 
Russkaya Atlantida

The Church of St. Alexis

Saturday, September 18, 2004
Natalia Razzhigaeva, in the City of Chelyabinsk
English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas

Among the greenery of spring and summer, or among the greyness of one-storey houses in autumn and winter, the church of St. Alexis in Mǎjiāgōu (马家沟) once stood out like a bright orange-red spot. Built by parishioners' contributions in 1935 it still sparkles in the sun with its white stone decorative trim.

The skill of architect Yuri Vitalevich Smirnov revealed itself in the harmonious belltower which is decorated with set out white eaves, and above the entrance the carved windows in the shape of a cross. The church building still preserves its colorful features in the white window platbands, in the white kokoshniks [women's headress] crowning the top, and in its circular belltower. It emphasizes the decorative effect of the church, now a [Roman] Catholic church, with [Roman] Catholic crosses atop Orthodox domes.

It still is a notable sight of our Harbin.