{harbin} saint sophia

October 5, 2016


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.



Not that much different than an early period photo.

Tourist’s view inside


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.


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.


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


There is a courtyard with a fountain …


a tower, and of course, McDonald’s.



One Response to “{harbin} saint sophia”

  1. annalice said

    hahah the McDonalds!

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