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Abandoned Shizuoka: Haristos Greek Orthodox Church in Kasuga Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Some history is about to disappear in Shizuoka City.
Being agnostic, religion is not one of my priorities, but religious buildings have their artcistic and historical value.

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The entrance whose gates have been taken away as the grounds are used for a car park.

Orhtodox greek Christianism was first preached in Shizuoka City in 1877 by Bauer Koyama who came from Tokyo.
A Greek Orthodox Congregation was consequently established in Hontoori Area in Aoi Ku in shizuoka City 6 years later in 1883.
It got official recognition under the name of Haristos Greek Orthodox Church by the City of Shizuoka in 1905.
The Chruch was built in 1911 in Hontouri, 5 Chome.
Due to the construction of a large avenue it was moved to the present address in kasuga Cho in 1936.
From 1959 it has included a convent.
It has been used as an event hall since 1992, but it is to be pulled down soon.

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The Convent building which has been used as an event hall for the last years.

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The building is completely locked.

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I did check all the doors on the premises and they are all locked.
At least one door of the church has been walled.

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What is left of the original fountain.

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The main church.
Do hurry to visit it as there are still some good pictures to take!

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The entrance.

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The double (small) portal.

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The “P” Cross.

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The orthodox cross over the entrance eaves.

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The silent bells are still there.

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The dome and the cross.

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From another angle.

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The smaller dome and cross.

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The side facade.

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The head priest abode.

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back view of the church.

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back view of the roof and crosses.

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The facade from another angle.

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Facade windows.

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The left facade.

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Abandoned living quarters.

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Abandoned living quarters roofing.

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Derelict sheds.

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Street view of the convent.

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A side view of the whole church.

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This sight will disappear soon!

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