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“Sad church”

Saint Sophia Cathedral
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

As with many churches in China, this is no longer a church. It is in a bad state of repair and now houses a photographic exhibit showing pictures of old Harbin. Unfortunately the captions are only in Chinese. There were 2 interactive screens which claimed to have English but neither seemed to work when I tried. It is only 20rmb to enter (cheap compared to most other things in Harbin!!), so it is worth a look but is mostly sad and frustrating to see the state it is currently in but not be able to read more about the history of the city and find out more about why it has come to be that way.

Thank Alexvonw
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Thank goodness this survived the Cultural Revolution, though the mindless damage to the interior from that period is painful to see. With the exception of the chandeliers (which I assume are authentic), none of the interior fixtures (altar, artwork, pews, etc) are there. However one gets the sense of how magnificent it must have been. The exterior appears to have been carefully restored and is just a stunning specimen of Russian Orthodox architecture.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Well worth going inside. Our tour guide told us the only reason the church survived, was they used it to store weapons, during the revolution.

Thank Marion P
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We had read the other reviews about the inside being not really worth the visit but my husband wanted to go anyway, so we paid the 20 yuan each and in we went. It is very sad to see that the inside of the church has not be maintained to it's original glory. The photos that show the history of Harbin (I think) were ok but if you can not read Chinese then most of the time you will not know what you are looking at. I really got nothing out of going inside but disappointment.
The Church looks beautiful at night so it you have your tripod and feel like going back well worth a photo.

Thank kev_deb2012
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

The outside is very beautiful. If interested you can feed the pigeons for 3RMB for a little bag of corn. It cost 20RMB to go inside, it is crowded, many people wanted to get out of the cold and the inside is small and photos on the wall of Harbin over the years, the photo captions are in Chinese only. You see the plaster coming off the walls, exposing the bricks which is beautiful but at the same time to see this beautiful church now this it is sad.

Thank Kneehowshanghai
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