St. Sophia Church, situated in the square of architectural art, is the largest orthodox church in the Far East. The church is 53.35 meters high and covers an area of 721 square meters. As a typical representative of Byzantine architecture, it was listed as national cultural heritage site in November, 1996. In June, 1997, St. Sophia Church was repaired and renamed Harbin Art Gallery.
This majestic and extremely beautiful church was built in 1907 and until now already have had more than 100 years history in Harbin. With the completion of the Trans-Siberian railway, the 4th infantry divisions of Russia invaded Harbin. Aimed at stabilizing the morale of army, the church was constructed at the heart of Harbin. Later, Sophia Church was held opening ceremony for expanding and renovating on September 23rd, 1923. After nine year of elaborate construction, a splendid architecture was finished, marvelous and elegant, which was praised as a monumental work of art.
The green dome and bricked walls of the church are distinctly different from the architectural style of Chinese buildings. It stands out in the midst of busy Harbin city. The church has four floors which are connected by stairs and accessible by a door on each side. Besides, There are seven bronze bells like seven music notes in bell tower situated on the top of front door. When there were important festivals in the past, well trained ringer will tap out harmonized melody.
The majestic church reveals exotic human landscape and city flavor of Harbin, meanwhile, it is also the testimonies of our history that tsarist Russia invaded Harbin and valuable relics for studying Harbin’s recent history. If you are interested in Harbin’s history or fond of architectural art, you may love this place, even stay here for whole day, never feel tired.
Admission Fee: 20RMB
Open time: 8:00-18:00
How to Get to: Take the No. 1, 2, 13, 15, 64, 66, 113 bus to arrive there.