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Church of Ayia Sofia

Ayia Sofia 36, Thessaloniki, Greece
031 270 253
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Ranked #9 of 72 Attractions in Thessaloniki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Though a world heritage site but there wasn't anything grand about it. We visited in the morning and there was no one there. It was also very dark inside

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Adana, Turkey
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were traveling from Istanbul so when we saw the church located here of similar name of the famous Hagia Sophia and learned it was also modeled a bit after it we had to stop by and see it. It is made of the same Byzintine architecture, but obviously missing the spires of a traditional mosque as Hagia Sophia in... More

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Timisoara, Romania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We found this church by mistake on the way to Nea Paralia. We thought it worth a visit because of its interesting Byzantine architecture. IT is part of UNESCO World Heritage. Very well preserved, very nice interior with beautiful paintings and free entrance. Worth a visit for both religious and non-religious persons.

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Targoviste, Romania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

In the church you can feel greek orthodox spirituality and respect for sacre. Here you can find great paintings, as well preserved church and courtyard.

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Bucharest, Romania
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355 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Churh of Ayia Sofia (Holy Wisdom) is a small copy after Ayia Sofia in Istanbul, an example of Byzantine architecture. The church is great, very well preserved, with great frescoes inside; the entrance is free.

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Rostov-on-Don, Russia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A very beautiful, peaceful and calm church situated in the old part center of Thessaloniki. May be a bit dark inside, but impressive and a very ancient...

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a splendid church. It is very dark and ancient on the inside. After seeing the impressive Ayia Sofia in Istanbul, the lovely thing about this place is that it is still a functioning church. Lovely soft greens and reds are inside. Looking up into the dome is a lovely experience. The colours and decoration of this church are... More

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We went to Divine Liturgy numerous times at Ayia Sofia while living in Thessaloniki. The church is old and steeped in history; it was a church, then a mosque, and now a church again. Its architecture is modeled after Ayia Sofia in Constantinople. The services were beautiful and the chanters inspiring.

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Roseville, Minnesota
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Come prepared for your visit. This is a lovely visit, though really no comparison to the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. Prepare in a couple ways. First, know the opening times, because like many churches in Thessaloniki, they're limited (more often in the morning). Second, have a sense of the history and architecture of the place, because there isn't much interpretation... More

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Milan, Italy
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

As all the churches in Thessaloniki, also the Church of Ayia Sofia deserves a calm visit. The great entrance with a garden just anticipated the interiors. The only issue is that it is open roughly at 7.00-13.00 and then 19.00-20.00, not really the best for those who like to visit this treasure.

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