Saint Sophia Church

st sophia-0003The largest Eastern Orthodox Church in East Asia, Saint Sophia Church is one of Harbin’s most famous landmarks. First constructed in 1907, it was rebuilt in 1911 and again in 1923. Built in beautiful Russian style, the red brick church has a distinctive green onion dome in the center. In 1997, after decades of deterioration, the local government restored the cathedral to its original grandeur.

Today, the church is home to the Harbin Architecture Arts Center, displaying photographs from early 20th century Harbin. The hundreds of photographs provide a glimpse into life in Harbin in the early 1900s. A trip to Saint Sophia is a great way to learn more about Harbin’s history and an opportunity to admire the exquisite architecture of the church.

Address: 哈尔滨市道里区透笼街88号 (88 Toulong Street, Daoli District)

Join us for our Central Harbin Walking Tour to visit Saint Sophia Church with a local Harbiner to introduce Harbin’s history. We’ll also explore Harbin’s historic pedestrian street, Central Street, visit a local food market, and sample local specialty snacks. Join us for the Central Harbin Full Day Tour to visit all of the above places, plus the Harbin City Planning Museum and the Harbin Synagogue, followed by a meal at a historic Russian restaurant.

Saint Sophia Interior

Interior of the church

Saint Sophia Interior

Learn about life in early 20th century Harbin

Saint Sophia

The interior of Saint Sophia Church

Saint Sophia

The Harbin Architecture Arts Center inside Saint Sophia Church