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Church of Ayia Sofia

Ayia Sofia 36, Thessaloniki, Greece
031 270 253
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Ranked #11 of 64 Attractions in Thessaloniki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural

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ATHENS HELLAS
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 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
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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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Palermo, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Visit this super central Church. Rich and interesting as any other Church in Thessaloniki. I would advise to take a look also when it's dark outside and the Church it is enlightened only by candles!

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Church of Ayia Sofia is not as grandiose and the Ayios Dimitrios, still the architecture and interior design and contents are very beautiful. The lights are very scarce inside which add to the holiness; the Altar, the Dome, the Ceiling, the Icons, the Chandeliers, the Paintings, the Engraved Stand, Cabinets and Chairs are really wonderful.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Hagia Sophia is one of the 17 UNESCO Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki. Built in the 8th century AD, it's mosaics inside are some of the best of Byzantine art. Sadly it's not really taken care properly by the Greek ministry of culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I cannot really say much about the church - as unfortunately we could only see from the outside as it did not appear to be open and we could not see why. It looks great though.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Beautiful church in the city centre, an oasis of peace and quiet with lovely icons, it closed at 1pm for services.

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