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Church of Agia Sofia

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Address: Ayia Sofia 22, Thessaloniki 546 23, Greece
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Phone Number: +30 231 027 0253

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A Profound Eperience

Early one morning this past May, my husband and I walked into Ayia Sofia to light a candle in memory of my beloved mother who passed away in April. As we were lighting candles we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Early one morning this past May, my husband and I walked into Ayia Sofia to light a candle in memory of my beloved mother who passed away in April. As we were lighting candles we heard familiar Byzantine chanting coming from a distance. Following the sound of the chanting, we came upon the church's small chapel where an older, white... More 

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Amiens, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very seriously built church for its time. It is rich of engravings, paintings and icons. The church itself is a nice architectural example with the complexity of the building and the improvements which were made after the experience with Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit too dark for me. I'm glad I visited, but the church did not feel as welcoming as Agios Demetrius. There is certainly a very deep spiritual history, and impressive architecture and mosaics, but not a lot of light and an overall heavy feel for me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We waited patiently one eve for the doors to open as scheduled. Once we were admitted, we found a place of deep spiritual serenity. We were also lucky enough to be able to attend one of their evening services, which was not only educational but also spiritually uplifting with wonderful music and lights. One of our unforgettable evenings from our... More 

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Bistrita-Nasaud County, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is impressive to see , but do not stop just at it . There is beauty in it but it is just to open your taste for orthodox relation and culture

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This church is a must for any visitor who is interested in Byzantine architecture and history. An impressive building in and out.

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

lovely old church in center of town. one of the best in thessaloniki and very old. as ortodox country u can visit few churches here

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Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Fully deserved member of UNESCO world-heritage: exquisite mosaics, solemn and respectful atmosphere inside the church, enough space and time for a prayer and breathtaking icons. The full impact of Orthodox and byzantine beauty of churches, even more so when taking into account that it was built 1400 years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Lovingly restored ancient Greek Orthodox Church. You are transported to another time and place as soon as you step inside. The mosaics on the central dome are some of the most beautiful you will ever see. An honor to visit this holy place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This church dates back to 8th century with fabulous original mosaics. It was built to resemble its namesake from Constantinople. It has turbulent history as it was converted first to Catholic cathedral in 13th century, then to a mosque before restoring its original purpose in 19th century. It is well worth a visit even having in mind that it is... More 

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