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Church of Ayia Sofia

Ayia Sofia 36, Thessaloniki, Greece
031 270 253
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Ranked #10 of 66 attractions in Thessaloniki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Rostov-on-Don, Russia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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Thessaloniki, Greece
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is a must for any traveller that wants to say that learnt something of the city's history and culture. A great byzantine monument of marvellous architecture located in the heart of the city.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

the archetype isin Instabul,this church ,i 've been told, is based on the old one,all the architecture. its name is the winsdom of God,has amazing bizantine paintings inside,the icons.is free to visit.i think is open in the mornings.

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