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Address: Ayia Sofia 36, Thessaloniki, Greece
Phone Number: 031 270 253

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beautiful church

we were told that this is a small copy of the ayia sophia of constantinople. be aware of beggars in the outside.its free you dont have to pay for the visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

we were told that this is a small copy of the ayia sophia of constantinople. be aware of beggars in the outside.its free you dont have to pay for the visit

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very nice old byzantine church with uniconical mosaics same to St Irene in Istanbul.Build in the city center accesable very easy.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A miniature of agia Sofia in Constantinople with wonderful icons and frescoes Our visit in this church traveled us back in time and made us feel inside og our hearts very special feelings We want to return

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Built following the architecture of Agia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople) the church is worth visiting for two reasons. The remains of the murals that survived the great fire and the unique (for Greek Orthodox churches) mosaic on the dome which actually has a different theme, colors and aesthetic view than any other church in Greece

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This church is so dark compared to other churches in the area.from 1345 to later in the afternoon it is closed.

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Athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It is a jewel of Byzantine architecture (basilica) with amazing mosaics. I felt solemn and admired particularly the dome.

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American in Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Definitely worth the detour as one is ambling up Aristatelous Square. The current structure was evidently erected in the 8th century and modeled on the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. As I was there on a Sunday, I got there just as a mass was ending and the church was being cleaned. The massive chandeliers, altar and fresco-covered dome are exquisite.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This Byzanitne era church is a monument that everyone must visit. The church is located at the city centre and can be accessed by foot.

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ATHENS HELLAS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Hagia Sophia in Thessaloniki was built in honor of Christ, such as Hagia Sophia Istanbul, which have many common characteristics The construction of the temple took place after the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325, where Christ is acknowledged as the "Reason and Wisdom" of God Around however, by the date of the construction of the church created... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This church is open from 7am till 1pm and from 6m till 7.30pm. It's quite dark inside, but the altar and big chandelier looked quite impressive. Church dates back to 8th century and used to serve as a mosque also. Some nice mosaics on the dome but some light is needed to fully appreciate them. Outside it has a mini... More 

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