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Church of St. Sophia

Address: Urban Area, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
Phone Number: 0451-84679456
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Ranked #7 of 200 things to do in Harbin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Art museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Type: Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Art museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Antwerp, Belgium
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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220 reviews 220 reviews
84 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Church of St Sophia demonstrates the history of alliance in Northern China between China and Russia, great sight.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Former Russian Orthodox Church, example of Byzantine architecture. It is in a poor state of repair and is now used to house the Harbin Architectural Art Gallery and currently on show (Feb 2015) there is a pictorial exhibition of early Harbin through the to the Russian occupation and its liberation. A very interesting and educational visit well worth it and... More 

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a gorgeous Russian orthodox styled church that is no longer a church. Now a museum of sorts inside I was very fortunate on one of my visits to listen to a choir singing inside. The acoustics are amazing. Well worth a visit - especially during the winter. Lots of photo opportunities and there is a large wet market... More 

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Beijing, China
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

If you enjoy old photography, it's well worth a visit to see what the city and people looked like over the past 100 years. The captions are unfortunately not in English (though bizarrely, the flowery introduction was probably the most well written bit of English I've seen yet at a tourist attraction in China).

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Shenzhen, China
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The outside of the church is in much better condition than the inside. The inside looks like it was probably quite beautiful but the paint is chipping/chipped and it has not been ketp very clean. However the old photo exhibit inside is interesting albeit not the best quality photos/captions/etc. But it's very inexpensive (20RMB) and fully worth a visit.

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california
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Please see my reviews of this church under the Sophia Square review... A good representation of what a Russian church looks like...

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