Shanghai restores valuable frescos discovered in Russian Orthodox cathedral


Hiding under a coat of paint on the inside ceiling of one of the domes at the former “Surety of Sinners” cathedral, the frescos managed to survive the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) to once again enter the public’s sight . . .

The cathedral was once the biggest Orthodox church in East China until it closed during the Cultural Revolution, after which it was used as a warehouse and later an office for a security company. In July 1988, the Shanghai Cultural Heritage Committee recognized the building as a city cultural relic and began repairs.

Before local government started a more thorough renovation in 2007 in an attempt to turn the building into a museum, the church had been used as a restaurant for a number of years. After the museum project failed to take off, on May 15, 2013, the building resumed its role as a place of prayer as His Holiness Patriarch Kirill (Cyril) celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the cathedral for the first time in more than 50 years.


Bravo and ICXC NIKA!


can you please translate the last 8 letters of your post?


My Greek is a little rusty but it looks like “Jesus Christ Conquers” or words to that effect.


With this crazy violence world, I am very happy something good happened for once.




The communists are finally realizing their mistakes.


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