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St Sophia Church of Harbin

Begun building as a wooden church in March of 1907 in Butou district, and completed in November 1912 rebuilt of masonry at 73 Shuidao Street (corner lot of Zhaolin Street and Toulong Street).

To accommodate an outgrowing parish, construction of a new temple began in September of 1923. After almost a decade, it was finally consecrated on December 12/25, 1932 as the new Hagia Sofia.

It still stands to this day at 95, Tòulóng Street, Dàolǐ District, and is also the largest in the Far East.

Photos of original St Sophia Church
 

1920s photo from Japan

1920s postcard from Japan

1920s postcard from Estonia

postcard from Japan

1907 photo
from Liubov Afonina

1907-09 photo from fotoe.com

interior of original
St Sophia, 1911
Photo from Vladimir Shkurkin

1912 photo
from ostashkov.ru

1912 photo
from Liubov Afonina

postcard from Japan

postcard from Japan

postcard from the USA

photo from fotoe.com

1931-32 photo from AGSL

1932 photo from Liubov Afonina

1933 Japanese Postcard
from UK

Photos of new St Sophia Church
 

photo from USA

construction of
new temple, 1928
Photo from Vladimir Shkurkin

1931-32 photo from AGSL

1931-32 photo from AGSL

Dec 12/25, 1932
souvenir of consecration
from Vladimir Shkurkin

1932 photo from forum.vgd.ru

March 5, 1936 postcard from Japan

1930s postcard from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

1930s art card from Japan

1930s art card from Japan

1930s art card from Japan

1930s postcard from
Dalian, China

1930s postcard from Japan

Two 1930s postcards from Shenyang, China

1930s postcard from Japan

1930s postcard art by
YAZAKI Chiyoji, from Japan

1930s postcard from Japan

photo by Harbin resident,
V.P. Ablamskii

The honouring of Metropolitan Melety
by Harbin Eparchy in St. Sophia Church
on the occasion of the ...-th anniversary
of his serving in holy orders. On the
ambon from left to right: Bishop Juvenal
of Xinjiang, Bishop Ioann of Shanghai,
Metropolitan Melety of Harbin and
Manchuria, Archbishop Nestor of
Kamchatka and Bishop Dimitry of Hailar.
"Heavenly Bread" 1939 № 12. pg 15

1930s postcard from Japan

Postcard from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

1930s postcard from Kernbeisser

1930s postcard from Kernbeisser

postcard from Japan

1930s Postcard from Japan

photo from fotoe.com

photo from fotoe.com

photo from fotoe.com

photo from fotoe.com

1930s postcard
from Japan

1940s postcard
from China

1930s postcard from Japan

1930s photo from Japan

photo from Russia

photo from Russia