"Russian Church" Church of St. Sophia Tip by akikonomu

Church of St. Sophia, Harbin: 15 reviews and 26 photos


Russian influence at its peak. The St Sophia church is one of the last few remaining Russian structures left in Harbin. We learnt how another Russian church was tragically destroyed during the Communist regime - as the church was completely hewn without nails and bolts, some really "intelligent" bloke only needed to remove some beams which were the core structural support and the entire building collapsed on its own accord.

I digress, the green dome and bricked walls of the church is starkly different from the architectural style of Chinese buildings. Especially the shade of green - Chinese buildings generally preferred a brighter shade of green. Hence, the church would stand out like a sore thumb if it was in another typical Chinese city, but in Harbin, it gels nicely since the majority of the city retained a large proportion of Russian style buildings.

The square in front of the church also resembles more of European squares or plazas, than those in Chinese cities.

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  • Written Sep 9, 2011
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