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Sveti Sophia

Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
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Ranked #8 of 20 attractions in Ohrid
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: The Church of Sveti Sophia was largely built between 11th and 14th centuries and was once the church of the archbishop of Ohrid.  Of particular... more »
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Gainesville
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94 reviews 94 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It is quite a church, large by local standards (it is, of course, the cathedral). Outside it looks a bit like the others (except round the side there is a surprising extension), but really it is the frescoes and history that impresses most. You need to get a guidebook or guide to explain about the decorations.

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Given that there are about a dozen churches on the tourist map alone, most people will make some choices about what to visit. This should be one of the top three. Why? 1) It has the richness of history in terms of the bishop's seat, 2) it has a monumental building in a basilica style rather than the typical Orthodox... More

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I would recommend that you in the ticket desk for a guided tour, and get to enjoy to the full extend the interior of this Church. Without the information from the guide, regular visitor would only see painted frescoes on the walls that look like any other church around.

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Oldenburg, Germany
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13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

A dignified place of worship in the centre of beautiful Ohrid town, well worth a visit. Watch all those details.

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The paintings inside, my main reason for visiting the church, are badly damaged, but they're still as beautiful, delicate, alive and excitingly "different" as any I've seen anywhere in the Balkans. They need time though, and unfortunately I'd gone straight after breakfast, when the inside of the church was still rather chilly. Perhaps it would have got warmer later in... More

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Its the Biggest church in the City of Churches.There where located 365 Churches,for every day to visit one.The Ohrid City is known as Orthodox Jerusalem(Holly City of the Orthodox Christians)....Hard to see in modern times.There is always some Concert of Classic Music.Nice to visit that place.

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Sint-Kruis (Brugge)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We sang there during a choir festival. The place is called a cathedral, not to be confused with the size of a cathedral in Europe. The fresco's are very nice, the outside of the building is very representative of what the typical architecture in Macedonia is ; most beautiful colonade outside. We felt it an honour that we were allowed... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

its acoustic big church,but damaged a lot inside.Only 30% is preserved.The Otomans has damaged and transformed into a mosque into the past

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This church was opposite our apartment in Ohrid. It has wonderful frescoes and had only a few visitors at the time we went. It was a hot day and this was a cool place to sit and contemplate the art works and the history of the area

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Utrecht, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Sveti Sophia in the old town of Ohrid is a gem. it was turned into a mosque by the turks who whitewashed the frescoes but with a lot of effort some of the frescoes have re appeared. really nice to see.

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