Wuhan Orthodox Church Restoration Enabled To Promote Cultural Exchanges Between China and Russia

By Alice Wang, August 12, 2015 11:08 AM

Wuhan Orthodox Church

Wuhan Orthodox Church

Wuhan Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church restoration completion ceremony, also called "Wuhan Sino-Russia cultural exchange center" opening ceremony, was held in front of the Orthodox Church on the morning of August 6. Russian plenipotentiary Babic, Hubei Province vice governor Gan Rongkun and other government officials participated in the opening ceremony.

Representatives on behalf of China and Russia delivered speeches respectively in the church restoration completion ceremony. Shao Weimin, the vice mayor of Wuhan said that Hankou Orthodox Church was the common wealth of the Chinese and Russian people left by history and now it was the "Wuhan Sino-Russia cultural exchange center" to send out the bright light of culture, to explore the history of cultural exchange of two great nations, and to play a significant role in promoting cultural fusion between Wuhan, Hubei Province and Russia. Russian plenipotentiary Babic expressed his gratitude to senior Chinese leaders for the cost they paid for the project and the effort they made. Babic also proposed to further implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and hoped to further deepen the cooperation in humanities, so that it can develop by leaps and bounds.

Hankou Orthodox Church (also known as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral) was established in 1893 by the efforts of Russian Orientalist, Dmitriev. The church was located in the British concession in Hankou at that time, and later Dmitriev was appointed Consul General in Shanghai. During the period of "Cultural Revolution", the church was expropriated as a warehouse. In 1998, the church was listed as an officially protected site in Wuhan City, and now it has become a place for citizens to hold wedding ceremony and other special activities. 

According to a report in 2013, Hubei government intended to dismantle the church because that the church was located in the area of Yangtze River tunnel construction. Now according to the request of the Moscow and the Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill, Hubei government is implementing the agreement about the protection and restoration of the Orthodox Church in Hankou reached by the plenipotentiary of the Russian president in the Volga River coast of the Federal District and China State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

Chinese Catholics Warned by Government Not to Take Children to Mass

Another move by the Chinese government on religion is yet again reported in the news this week.

Study Reveals Impact of China’s Smog

Despite the efforts to clean the smog in China, a study reveals it has already a lasting impact in China.

Norwegian Pastor Awarded Honorary Citizen of Ankang, Shaanxi

On March 29, 2018, Rev. Johan Tidemann Johansen from the Lutheran Free Church of Norway was awarded with the title of honorary citizen of Ankang, Shaanxi.

South Korean Actress Who was Kidnapped by North Korea Passed Away

One of the most notable South Korean citizens once kidnapped by North Korea passed away.

John Chew, Retired Archbishop of Singaporean Anglican Diocese, Talks about “Tolerance”at Boao Forum

Bishop John Chew Hiang Chea, the retired 8th archbishop of Singaporean Anglican Diocese, spoke at the session of "Religious Leaders Dialogue" during the "Asian Davos" on behalf of Christianity.

Korean Air CEO's Second Daughter Suspended Violent Temper

Learn why this heiress become violent and what was done after her spiel.

Sina Weibo Receives Backlash from Gay Content Ban after Massive Outcry

A number of negative comments has been poured at Sina Weibo for controversial gay content ban.

Man Arrested in China Through CCTV Footage During a Concert

A Chinese man was apprehended after he was identified by the CCTV.