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Church of St. Sophia

Urban Area, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
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Ranked #6 of 130 Attractions in Harbin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Art Museums, Cultural
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Art Museums, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Harbin, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

St. Sophia is gorgeous from the outside and rather desolate on the inside due to the cathedral's desecration during the Cultural Revolution. Its setting in St. Sophia Square is beautiful, and draws tourists and locals alike. There are some lovely photo exhibits of historic Harbin housed in the cathedral, but they don't make up for the barrenness of the cathedral's... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

True Russian style church. Amazing to think it survived torrid history. As it was snowing the outside looked beautiful. Well worth putting it on your 'must see' list.

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Harbin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Church of St. Sophia is no longer a church, but a museum. Archtecturally, you'll feel more in Europe/Russia than in China, thanks to its builders. There is a small fee to get in, but it is worth it, not only to learn about the church, but to support its upkeep.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This cathedral is no longer operating as a church but is a museum. More signs in English and other languages are needed to get a full appreciation of the exhibits. I realize it has been left in its original state but was disappointed to see how dilapidated it is. Spent about 3/4 hour here and would have spent more if... More 

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Ubud, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A truly amazing building, quite amazing to see in china! I loved the exterior, sorry for the state inside, which is not preserved too well at all. Inside, there is no indication of its original use. It's a shell which houses a photo exhibition of Harbin through the years. And yes, if you can't read Chinese, then no info in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A great example of Russian architecture. The display in side is not original, not worth the entry fee. The same photos are in the Harbin planning museum, further up the road, this is also well worth a visit.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Used to be an orthodox cathedral. Now is a museum with some interesting archive pictures. Useless, if you do not read Chinese. Worth visiting, as it is still have the spirit inside.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a typical Byzantine architectural and now the Harbin Architect Museum. It’s a great architectural and wonderful to admire it from outside. There is not much inside thus if you are in a hurry just make a photo stop here when you are in Harbin. Some good snapshots will bring home good memory and add few nice pictures to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

It felt like we were in the Russian quarter and we wandered around in the rain. The pigeons by the side of the church brought out the kid in us and we couldn't resist parking ourselves in their midst to get these birds perch on our body for snapshots. It was a pity we couldnt check out the interior of... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

centre of Russian orthodox church for region for over 100 years. picturesque and traditional. the old wooden structure has a particular charm.

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