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Saint Sophia Cathedral

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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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Great from the outside!

Well this view is definitely worth seeing both during the day and at night. I visited during May, so it was warmer here and a different view then one would get in the winter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2016
Dan H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank JosephDL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I think it's waste of money to buy ticket and look only pictures of ancient look of the church. I was thinking we would have chance to pray and stay there for some time. But when I get inside i only found building with pictures and large structure of the church. It was disappointing, I will not recommended to waste... More 

Thank Abdul G
Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

I saw it during the daytime and it is beautiful regardless, but I must say that it is much more beautiful in its nightlight. Right beside it is also some other beautiful European(Russian influence) buildings. Here is a picture of its beauty at night

Thank Val C
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

One of the things I love about Harbin is that it hasn't tried to wipe out its former history and links with Russia. This cathedral is the ultimate example. I only toured the outside, but what I saw was magnificent. A great example of Russian architecture, and very well preserved. I highly recommend a visit.

Thank Charlynn M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

A very striking façade, this church is worth an hour's visit. Though the inside is badly in need of paint, there is an exhibit of photos of Harbin through the past 120 years that are fascinating. From fishing village to bustling city in 100 years.

Thank Michael Z
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Well this view is definitely worth seeing both during the day and at night. I visited during May, so it was warmer here and a different view then one would get in the winter. However, do not pay the 20RMB to go inside the building, you will be disappointed, unless you are into seeing the transition of Harbin from old... More 

Thank Dan H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Quite an unusual sight in a Chinese town, the ortodox cathedral is a beautiful building reminescent of the Russian era, when Harbin was a hub in one of the Trans-siberian railway branches. It is a beautiful building worth looking from the outside. I read reviews by others and was not tempted to get inside. Among other interesting facts, the Cathedral... More 

Thank R_TheReader
Nagoya, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

You can access to this cathedral by bus from both Harbin Station or Harbin West Station, or if going by taxi the fee is also acceptable. I like the architecture, but as stepping in the cathedral I was disappointed a bit because of lack of preservation. A so called museum with explanation in Chinese characters only, and no more than... More 

Thank onlywinter05
Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

Despite the unpreserved inside, it is well worth a stop at the Saint Sophia Cathedral. The outside is majestic. The inside now houses a pictorial history of the last 100-plus years of Harbin history that is fairly informative. Best of all, it is nice to visit one of the few relics of Russian religious presence not torn down during the... More 

Thank Paul B

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