The Big Church

St. Sophia Church in Harbin is the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the Far East. The big church was built in 1907 by Russians and is the only one of several Orthodox churches in Harbin. In 1996, the city government declared Saint Sophia Church a protected building. Half a year later, the Harbin City government repaired it and renamed it as Harbin Art Gallery. The church was built using Byzantine styles with a mixture of Chinese and Russian culture. Inside the church is a museum that explains the history of the church and of Harbin. There are also famous murals painted by Russian artists as well as seven timepieces that sound seven different notes.
The main part of the church is in the shape of a cross and on sunny days, the church reminds people of the Red Square in Moscow. By the 1990's, St. Sophia had undergone considerable decline. The church no longer was in use at that time, and residential apartments and office buildings surrounded it. While in 1997, the Harbin government undertook to undo the decades of deterioration. St. Sophia Church as a respectable landmark in Harbin, is a must-see site for travellers. Here are some guide information about Sophia Church. The detail is following : Address: No.88 of Toulongjie, Daoli District, Harbin Admission Fee: 20RMB for p.p Opening hours: 08:00 a.m-18:00 p.m Contact Hotline: 86 451 84686904

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