Agia Sofia Church, Monemvasia

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  • Said to be a copy of the one in Istanbul it looks almost exactly the same, though smaller. Too bad it is not open, so we can only looked the outside but the sight is breath taking, and the climb is qu...  more »
  • To achieve this church bear right and keep walking to the paved path. Need sneakers, sometimes the rocks are slippery and the route is bumpy. We arrived late afternoon and unfortunately it was closed. The dirt path that develops on the left will take you instead at the top of the Hill to the so-called Kastro for a trekkiing no less exciting but more challenging. From there you have a spectacular view on the harbor side of Gefyra.
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  • After climbing for a long walk (!) on top of the rock expect a rewarding view of the open seas below.  more »
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  • A church with an octagonal dome, built in the 12th century (1149-1150). Carvings date from the 12th century and frescoes from the end of the 12th and the early 13th centuries. Oral and written reports link the church to the Byzantine Emperor Andronicos II Palaiologos (1282-1328). According to historical sources, it was dedicated to the Virgin Hodegitria. After the Greek war of independence in 1821 it was rededicated to Aghia Sofia as it was believed to be a faithful replica of Aghia Sofia in Constantinople, the former Byzantine capital. During the first Turkish occupation it was used as a mosque with the addition of of a mihrab and minaret on the south side.During the second Venetian occupation it served as the cathedral of a monastery of the Western doctrine dedicated to Madonna del Carmine, with the addition of a two-storey exo-narthex.In the second Turkish occupation it was again used as a mosque until the town was liberated in 1821, when it once again became a Christian place of worship. The western side was restored in 1827 and in1846; the entire church underwent considerable restoration by Evstathios Stikas in 1958-59.
  • one the best views you get out of a Church. It's a blessing being here!
  • Beautiful church with great history
  • Amazing, Gibraltar of the East
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