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Address: No.88 Toulong Street, Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
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Phone Number: 0451-84679456
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It once was a Cathedral "St Sofia"

St Sofia Cathedral in Harbin’s St. Sofia Square. This magnificent Orthodox Cathedral from 1907 is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Harbin with its high of 53 m in this open... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

St Sofia Cathedral in Harbin’s St. Sofia Square. This magnificent Orthodox Cathedral from 1907 is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Harbin with its high of 53 m in this open square. You find it in the centra district of Daoli, on the corner of Toulon- and Zhaolin Street. It is said to be the largest Orthodox Cathedral in... More 

Thank MineReiseplaner
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An old church with Russian beauty. It brings you to a time where Russians might have stayed in the city. You have to move around it to see its magnificent view. Even if it is surrounded by lots of tall buildings, it still can stand on its own and its beauty stands out. There is a specific time for the... More 

Thank Roi B
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cathedral is houses an exhibition of some great old photos of early Harbin. It quite interesting to see pictures of the nearby streets filled with Europeans. A lot of the centre has not chafed but the European faces have all gone.

Thank AcbMei
Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is located in the middle of the town and it is well maintained and it is a nice cathedral. A must see while visiting Harbin

Thank rdinbj
Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very historical and interesting building in the middle of Harbin. Good place to take a few pictures but not a whole lot else to do

Thank cstravel2016
Beijing, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

This is an iconic site in Harbin, and worth a quick and budget friendly ticket (15 rmb) to take a peek. The restored exterior is the most impressive part, so if you are pressed for time, admire from the square before moving on. When we visited, there was a display indoors of historical photo copies from the time of the... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

It is pretty crowded around. It is like an oasis in the crowd and tall buildings jungle. The square where it is surrounded by shopping malls and stores, place to do some shopping too.

Thank P-a-u-1-a
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Saint Sophia is a russian orthodox church which was built in 1907 following the Russian defeat by the Japanese in Dalian (1905). It was built to inspire Russian confidence and to consolidate Russian authority in Harbin. It was originally built of timber, but was improved 4 years later by a mix of timber and concrete. In 1932 the existing building... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Visited Saint Sophia Cathedral during the winter in 2015 with my husband when we got married in Harbin. I was a bit surprised that it was only a very small square with the cathedral in the middle. But as the iconic symbol of Harbin it's definitely worth visiting even if it's just to take photos as a memento.

Thank Donna C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

It's quite small and the square is really noisy. Some of glass is broken and haven't been replaced. Almost nothing was placed inside

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