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“Views from up there are fantastic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Agia Sofia Church

Agia Sofia Church
Top of mountain, Monemvasia, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Monemvasia
Type: Religious Sites
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Views from up there are fantastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

quite a hike for older people and the stoned path and steps could be quite slippery however worth going all the way to the top for the views and the serenity.

Visited July 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Perched on a cliff over the sea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Wonderful hike to the Upper Town ruins, incuding this wonderfully intact church

Visited June 2012
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New York, New York
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“The climb to Agia Sofia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Monemvasia is an absolutely magnificent destination. The walk from the "new " city to the old is along a causeway, maybe 600 yards, with beautiful sea views, flowers, cacti, and rock outcroppings along the way. You then enter the "old" city through a single arched tunnel (Monemvasia means One Entrance). The city is magical, medieval and exquisitely constructed of grayish blonde stone. The streets are narrow and cobbled, with lanterns hanging over them. The tavernas and restaurants are cozy and the people warm and receptive. Every view looks down over the city and the sea, and is breathtaking. The climb to the Byzantine church of Agia (St.) Sofia is daunting, with some slabs of fairly slick basalt daring you to take a tumble. During our May visit, there were also some fairly large spiders dangling above the path to the church. Although closed for architectural repairs, there is a solemnity and holiness to the site. But don't worry. If you don't feel like making that climb, sit at one of the local restaurants for a magnificent Greek salad with a delectable slab of seasoned feta and a glass of Malmsey wine. I stopped for just a day while on a cruise, but next time I'll come back for several days, to stay at one of the tiny hotels in the old town, and drink in a healthy dose of the absolute peace and charm of the place.

Visited May 2012
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“very good view from there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

the place was locked :(
and you have to hike to get there. but once there - beutiful view

Visited April 2012
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Grand Prairie, TX
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“Evocative and windy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Situated on a cliff, the wind howling through the windows, a very special place

Visited September 2011
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