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Church of Ayia Sofia

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

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Great memory of this city happened right here...

...Some of the best fresh fruit I have ever eaten in my life (cherries) was bought and eaten here, outside near the steps of the church of Ayia Sofia. ...A long time ago... I'll... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Munich
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

...Some of the best fresh fruit I have ever eaten in my life (cherries) was bought and eaten here, outside near the steps of the church of Ayia Sofia. ...A long time ago... I'll bet the fruit is still nearly as good. The church still looks like it has the same beauty, I am curious to see if the surrounding... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is a splendid church. It is very dark and ancient on the inside. After seeing the impressive Hagia Sophia 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 marvelous experience. The colours and decoration of this church are... More 

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

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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Doenrade, The Netherlands
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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