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Church of Ayia Sofia

Ayia Sofia 36, Thessaloniki, Greece
031 270 253
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Ranked #8 of 69 attractions in Thessaloniki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Targoviste, Romania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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409 reviews 409 reviews
352 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
8 attraction reviews
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
53 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Granada, Spain
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86 reviews 86 reviews
48 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

It's definitely not the Agia Sofia we have in mind when we see those two words stuck together in a sentence, but it is indeed a glorious building, one of the largest religious building of all of Greece.

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Chania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Amazing frescos and Byzantine architecture! It gives a good impression of how Byzantine architecture was. Impressive and mysterious feeling!

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

huge spacious and gorgeous temple.The architecture is flawless even though it was built during the 8yh century

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