Church of St Sophia
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88 Toulong Jie, cnr Zhaolin Jie; 透笼街88号 · interesting places nearby
Church of St Sophia information
The red-brick Russian Orthodox Church of St Sophia, with its distinctive green onion dome and roosting pigeons, is Harbin’s most famous landmark. Built in 1907, the church has traded religion for photographs of Harbin from the early 1900s. Its unrestored interior and dusty chandeliers evoke a faded yesteryear glamour.
The church is fronted by a large square replete with fountains and sketch artists, and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.