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Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios (Ayios Demetrios)

Corner of Odos Ayiou Dimitriou and Odos Ayiou Nikolaou, Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece
031 213627
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Ranked #4 of 67 attractions in Thessaloniki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It's a very beautiful church - I really enjoyed the ancient mosaics and the crypt! The Church, i think, is the best attraction in Thessaloniki - you should definitely visit it!

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Bucharest, Romania
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207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Ayios Demetrios Church is the central church in the city, being famous for hosting the holy relics of Saint Demetrios. The church is big (unlike other Byzantine churches in the city) and the interior is very well decorated with paintings and columns. The entrance is free.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

all i will say is make sure you visit it when you are there.i was very happy to be be in Thessaloniki and visit the historical places.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The church of Ayios Dimitrios is a "must see" for Orthodox Christians, who have the privilege of venerating the Holy Relics of the Saint.

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Ashland, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Although the church itself deserves to be seen, the crypt is especially interesting. It is easy to miss, so be sure to go to the front right of the alter and down the stairs to see the oldest artifacts.

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Mougins
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

There happened to be a christening going on when we arrived ,which added to the magnificence of the building. I especially loved the ancient mosaics and the crypt.

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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42 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I've been to hundreds of churches and cathedrals in Europe, and this is in the top 10%, and it clearly is the one church to visit in Thessaloniki if you only visit one. Architecturally, it is a five aisle basilica style, which isn't all that common (except for some prominent examples in Italy). Like a great English or French cathedral,... More

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A lovely and peaceful place full of interesting items to view.This is well worth a visit and spend some quiet moments in/ near.

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It was an interesting church with a lovely peaceful feel to it. And especially go down into the crypt which I enjoyed and is worth seeing.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The icons were exquisite.The whole building gave a feeling of reverence and spirituality. Great detail to the areas around the altar and nave.

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