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Church of St. Sophia

Urban Area, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
0451-84679456
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Ranked #8 of 140 attractions in Harbin
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Historic Sites
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Shenyang, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Purrmerend
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35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Intresting to see a typical Russian church in China. On the inside you can find a disp[lay with old fotographs of Harbin. We tought the 20 RMB was worth it. The inside of the church is not restored which makes it more authentic.

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Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The church was beautiful but not well maintained. It was kind of a let down after seeing the beautiful Russian construction on the outside.

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Not worth paying to go inside which is a small church which needs renovation (badly). Better taking some photos outside.

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The church is very beautiful from the outside, and really an unique piece if architecture. The inside has been kept original which is fine, but nothing is in English,so we cannot understand anything. On top of it, it was super crowded, not really enjoying it.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The outside of the church is beautiful, and makes for some great photos. To go inside, you must puchase a ticket, which costs 20 RMB. In my opinion, the inside is a wasting e of timw, as there are no English captions or explanations, and without them, the photographs on the wall lose their meaning. The only advantage to going... More

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Shanghai, China
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The beautiful Orthodox Church St. Sophia is the main eye-catching feature at the Sofia Square. Inside of the church is a museum.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Beautiful church but just that. Nothing special. The best character is looking in China something so different.

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