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St Sophia Church in Harbin

Begun building as a wooden church in March of 1907 on Mostova Street in Pristan (Bùtóu) district, Harbin. According to The Church life in Manchuria in the beginning of the XX century by Fr Dionisy Pozdnyaev, the church was consecrated by Archbishop Evsevy (Eusebius) of Vladivostok on November 23/December 6, 1908 in the name of Saint Sophia (Holy Wisdom).

In November 1912, the church was rebuilt of masonry at 73 Shuǐdào Street (corner lot of Zhaolin Street and Tòulóng Street) in Butou District.

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

Photos of St Sophia Church on Shuidao Street
 

1907 photo
from Liubov Afonina

photo from CEL Album (1909)

interior of original
St Sophia, 1911
Photo from Vladimir Shkurkin

1912 photo
from ostashkov.ru

1912 photo
from Liubov Afonina

July 1913 color photos taken by Stéphane Passet
«Chine, 1909-1934 : catalogue
des photographies et des séquences
filmées du Musée Albert Kahn»

postcard from forum.vgd.ru

postcard from forum.vgd.ru

1920s photo from Japan

1920s postcard from Japan

postcard from memoryofchina.org

1920s postcard from Estonia

postcard from the USA

postcard from Japan

postcard from Japan

postcard from Japan

photo from fotoe.com

1931-32 photo from AGSL

1932 photo from Liubov Afonina

1933 Japanese Postcard
from UK