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Church of St. Sophia

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Address: Urban Area, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
Phone Number: 0451-84679456
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Gorgeous church

This church is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. I couldn't get over how vivid the colours on this church were. I felt like I was in Russia! The inside of the church costs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Beijing Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This church is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. I couldn't get over how vivid the colours on this church were. I felt like I was in Russia! The inside of the church costs 20rmb and we didn't think it was worth it. Much of the church itself had been gutted out and is more of a museum now.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I feel like if you go to St. Sophia you should be well warned ahead of time. The church is no longer a functioning church. It now serves as a museum. So there are no pews and no altar. Inside is not really maintained. There's pictures of what it used to look like inside and they tell a story of... More 

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Beijing, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The outside was magnificent, I truly felt like I was in Russia just by standing next to it. Since the outside was beautiful, I thought the inside must be equally gorgeous, but to my disappointment, it was not worth the 20 RMB to enter. It was smaller and more condensed than it looked. All the original paint and photos were... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Another example of Russian Architecture mixed with Chinese folklore. Nothing too special but historically interesting.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

St. Sophia Church’s architecture reminds me of the Kremlin (from what I’ve seen in pictures) There’s no tourist trap here. There are sodas outside and of course sausages. They’ll try and sell it to you for 1 extra RMB but just give them 3rmb for a soda and 3 for a sausage and be on your way. They have merchandise... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Been there day and night , the scenic offer during day and night is totally different experience. feeding pigeon , running the square , many fast food and local restuarent nearby serving local dumplings

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The view on the outside is beautiful but disappointed on the inside. When entering an Eastern Orthodox Church you have roughly an idea what to expect, here nothing of all that, only an expo of pictures. There is very limited, almost not existing, explanations in English. The Church is losing her charms and splendor. 20 RMB to visit, quite expensive

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It's very nice but unless you want to learn about the history of China and Russia in Harbin, you can skip it. Take a picture of it from the outside. There's a McD's right there too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have to give it to the Chinese for preserving and protecting their historic monuments the way they have. Being a non - religious country, they have turned this Church into a photo museum capturing the historic developments of the city from their Russian colonial times to modern days. Its good to see the love and affection the residents have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Church of St. Sophia is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in the unlikely surrounds of a square in the centre of Harbin, the largest city in NE China. But it's there because just over a century ago, when it was built, this area was a Russian colony. Inside the church, which has been de-consecrated, there's an exhibition of old photos... More 

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