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Church of St. Sophia

Urban Area, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
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Ranked #6 of 140 attractions in Harbin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Historic Sites
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English first
Sydney, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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Beijing, China
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Shenyang, China
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76 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This church has a Russian architecture, which represents Harbin's unique fusion of China and Russia. Everything's good outside, you can take some nice pictures and I saw a couple doing their pre wedding shots too. You can also see some birds flying around the church in a circle. However, I suggest to not enter the church. It's only a museum... More

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7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Worth the price to go inside to see the historic photos. A few labels in English, but most self-explanatory. Interesting to see how church was cleared of surrounding clutter to provide the nice square today.

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Qinhuangdao, China
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We traveled to St. Sophia just to admire the beauty, but there's one big surprise: the turned the inside into a museum about the history of Harbin. Of course seeing the cathedral is free but tickets inside were only 20 Yuan (about 3$) and it gets you into the cathedral itself, which is as beautiful inside as it is outside.... More

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