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
Harbin is unique compared to many cities we have been to in China. You can see the history and Russian influence throughout the city. There are many gems around every corner. We wanted to see Saint...
Harbin is unique compared to many cities we have been to in China. You can see the history and Russian influence throughout the city. There are many gems around every corner. We wanted to see Saint... more »
A beautiful cathedral. Just such a shame you can't go inside. Was quite busy here, also had the skeleton infrastructure of something like a train station next door. An interesting place to spend half.... more
A beautiful cathedral. Just such a shame you can't go inside. Was quite busy here, also had the skeleton infrastructure of something like a train station next door. An interesting place to spend half.... more »
Visited in 2014, wonderful architecture.
The Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God or Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin is a former Russian Orthodox church located in the central district of Daoli, Harbin City, Heilongjiang, China. St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1907 after the completion of the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1903, which connected Vladivostok to northeast China. The Russian No.4 Army Division arrived in this region just after Russia's loss to the Japanese in the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905). St. Sophia Church was built and completed of timber in March, 1907 as part of a plan to reconsolidate the confidence of the army by building an imposing spiritual symbol. In 1921, Harbin had a population of 300,000, including 100,000 Russians. The church was expanded and renovated from September 23, 1923, when a ceremony was held to celebrate the laying of the cornerstone, to its completion on November 25, 1932, after nine years. The present-day St. Sophia Church was hailed as a monumental work of art and the largest Orthodox church in the Far East. According to Harbin municipal religious and Daoli district archives, Fr. Fotiy Huo Desheng was the ninth rector of St. Sophia Church of Harbin.
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