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Church of Agia Sofia

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

An attraction that is worth seeing if you're in Thessaloniki. It is a famous church especially as it is the younger sister of Agia Sofia from Istanbul.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An attraction that is worth seeing if you're in Thessaloniki. It is a famous church especially as it is the younger sister of Agia Sofia from Istanbul.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If not the oldest , One of the oldest in Thessa , takes you back in time 2000 years , visited noon , in the middle of a busy area . beautiful iconostas and wall paintings as splendid frescos . a must visit and see . Note that it is unique as you need to go couple of stairs to... More 

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Tirana, Albania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I' m an Orthodox religion so I have been there many times, as a place pace and credence. So I visited and this time with my family.

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La Q, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original mosaics on the dome in the Agia Sophia are a highlight and make this church worth a visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 16, 2016

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 July 6, 2016

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 July 3, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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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