Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos, Thessaloniki
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The Church of the Acheiropoietos is a 5th-century Byzantine church in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. It is located in the city's centre, at Agias Sofias street opposite Makedonomachon square.History and descriptionThe Acheiropoietos has been dated from its bricks and mosaics to ca. 450–470, making it perhaps the earliest of the city's surviving churches. It was modified in the 7th and again in the 14th–15th centuries. Known as the Panagia Theotokos in Byzantine times, it is dedicated to Mary. Its current name is first attested in 1320, presumably after a miraculous acheiropoietos ("not made by hands") icon of Panagia Hodegetria that was housed there. Byzantine sources also indicate that the cult of the city's patron saint, St. Demetrius, was also practiced there.The building is a three-aisled basilica, some 28 m wide and 36.5 m long, with a wooden roof. Its eastern end is a semicircular vault, while on the western side a narthex, flanked by towers, and traces of an exonarthex survive. The three aisles are separated by columns, while the two side aisles have galleries above them. At the eastern end of the northern side aisle, a middle Byzantine chapel dedicated to St. Irene is attached. On the northwestern corner of the basilica, the stairway leading to the galleries survives. The current entrance is through a triple-arched opening (tribelon) that connects the narthex with the main nave, while on the southern side there is a monumental entranceway, which probably connected the church with the city's Byzantine-era thoroughfare. Another small adjoining building on the south side has been identified as the church's baptistery. The modern roof is lower than the original, where the section above the central nave was elevated to allow light in.
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  • One of the most beautiful Basilica Byzantine Orthodox fifth century Thessaloniki, very well renovated. 2 mn of the Church sainte Sophie.
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  • Agias Sofias is one of the major Saints in Greece as well as Maria, from outside this church is impressive, but upon entering you decepsionas a little. You can cross the street and see a small chapel, which is down, if you're lucky, you can see a wedding from there
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  • Wonderful small old church that has chimes at 0730 every morning - no need to set an alarm clock. Did not attempt entrance so I can't speak for anything inside. Exterior appears very old. Totally surr...  more »
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  • One of the oldest churches in town, built in 1028. Fantastic frescoes still surviving
  • One more of the thousands churches
  • 教堂有点古老,参观是免费的,可以随便参观
  • The old Christian Church located in the Greek city of Salonika and on the church there is the noise caused by transport and the movement of people from around
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  • Gorgeous!!
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