{harbin} saint sophia

October 5, 2016

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Saint Sophia in Harbin was a Russian Orthodox cathedral, built during a period when a third of Harbin population were Russians, mainly army who retreated here after losing the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. It’s now a museum and tourist destination. It’s old, opened in 1907, and a bit dilapidated, but it’s a tourist trap.

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Not that much different than an early period photo.

Tourist’s view inside

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The dome and arches lose a bit of their magnificence, as a closer look reveals the decay. There were periodic restoration efforts. The last was in 1997. Perhaps they concentrated on the exterior, as the interior needs work.

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I’m not sure if Christ’s Last Supper painting was part of the original church. I couldn’t find any information about it in the museum. It seems in much better shape than the rest of the interior.

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Aside from the Last Supper painting, Christian crosses point to that it was a church.

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There is a courtyard with a fountain …

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a tower, and of course, McDonald’s.

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One Response to “{harbin} saint sophia”

  1. annalice said

    hahah the McDonalds!

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