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.