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Church of St.Sophia, Thessaloniki
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Church of St.Sophia represents one of the city's most important ancient religious structures, whose historical and architectural significance has earned it a place on the World Heritage List. Although the current building--based on Istanbul's Ayia Sofia--was erected in the 8th century CE, a church has stood at this location since the 3rd century CE. Its rich and varied history includes a period as the cathedral of Thessaloniki and several centuries where it served as a mosque. Tour the dark interior to discover relics from each iteration, including centuries-old mosaics, icons, and chandeliers. This is an active church, and services are still held here today; check online for details. To visit Church of St.Sophia on your trip to Thessaloniki, use our Thessaloniki tour planner.
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  • Right in the center, close to the promenade of Thessaloniki, close to the pedestrian street ''Agias Sophias'' a great shopping street with nice cafes!. The church inside makes you feel so peaceful ! A...  more »
  • I'm not remotely religious and visits to churches are always at my wife's behest but I'm glad she encouraged me to visit here with her. Choose a quiet time of day and just sit and be still, this churc...  more »
  • The Church is a place not to be missed on a visit to Thessaloniki. Summarizes the characteristics of Byzantine culture and it is maintained very well
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