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Church of Ayia Sofia

Address: Ayia Sofia 36, Thessaloniki, Greece
Phone Number: 031 270 253
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Ranked #8 of 62 Attractions in Thessaloniki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Athens
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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63 helpful votes 63 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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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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196 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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