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Church of Ayia Sofia

Address: Ayia Sofia 36, Thessaloniki, Greece
Phone Number: 031 270 253
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Ranked #9 of 101 things to do in Thessaloniki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks

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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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Doenrade, The Netherlands
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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151 reviews 151 reviews
41 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
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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Estoril, Portugal
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Nice but not special Interesting to visit nothing more. Outside look like a normal big building ,but inside some to see in church arquitecture. some nice paintings

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This church is very similar to St. Demitrius, nice, old, and about 300meters away. Nice. Its also in the center of the city,so afet a brief visit,you can eat, shop, view, or take a strool, 150 meters south, to the waterfront. Cool.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Very beautiful church with an old character. If you are ever in thessaloniki you have to see this church!

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