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Admire the imposing, Byzantine architecture of Saint Sophia Cathedral, a former Eastern Orthodox church and landmark of Harbin. The church was built in the early 20th century, when Russians made up a third of the city's population. Now serving as a museum, the majestic building features towering spires and rotund green domes. Step inside to see photographs that explain how Harbin developed into a bustling city over the last 100 years. Take the guesswork out of planning a Harbin vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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Saint Sophia Cathedral reviews
Since last visit 10 years ago, I was really surprised to see that very little had changed with the cathedral itself. Nowadays it will cost you 20RMB to enter and a lot more tourists however the...
Since last visit 10 years ago, I was really surprised to see that very little had changed with the cathedral itself. Nowadays it will cost you 20RMB to enter and a lot more tourists however the... more »
Impressive architecture and church is located at big square and I took a walk around the area for about 30 min. Went once in evening to take some photos and came back with tour group the next day...
Impressive architecture and church is located at big square and I took a walk around the area for about 30 min. Went once in evening to take some photos and came back with tour group the next day... more »
Just a Russian Church, 100 year history, show Harbin history, inside nothing, just a painting exhibition.
Just a Russian Church, 100 year history, show Harbin history, inside nothing, just a painting exhibition. more »
Such a beautiful place Must visit if you visit Harbin :) They also just re-opened the inside from Jan1st, 2023.
The Russian influence in Harbin can be seen in this monumental structure. Best time to visit would be around or after 2 pm when the sun has shifted. The lighting is perfect for pictures. I would also suggest to go inside the visitor's center at the North side of the square. The center features the history of the Cathedral and the square.
Situated in probably one of the busiest areas of Harbin city, stands this historic church, constructed in a Russian Orthodox style architecture. While I am no expert on the history of Harbin, I think it is quite evident the influence Russia once had on the area, with a surprising amount of influence still visible till today. When we visited, the place is undergoing so major form of restorative work, so we did not manage to have a tour on the inside, but the outside seems beautiful enough. It is also quite lovely to visit considering that you are actually in China, and yet feels like you been teleported across the border.
Fabulous Russian Orthodox church which is of August 2019 being renovated. However it is possible to get close to the church and take nice pictures of it. The church sits in a larger square which has a fountain in it among other sites. The square can get busy during the day. The square is surrounded by shops if there are too many people and you want to wait.
One of the oldest building in Harbin. It was built in 1907. Named architecture art square now. Good to visit for visitors.😉
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