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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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If you come to Thessaloniki to splurge and pamper yourself, book a room at one of the city's five-star hotels, providing spacious rooms packed with amenities, as well as access to rooftop bars, ground-floor restaurants, and fitness facilities. Centrally located hotels also provide secure parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, and quick walking access to the city's top attractions. On the other hand, if all you need is a comfortable bed and a warm meal, consider a budget-friendly hostel or family-run inn in the residential areas outside the city's central area.
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  • I walked nearly forty minutes to see the church. When I got there, a wedding has just finished and there were guests enjoying a reception in the courtyard. Even though the ceremony was over and these ...  more »
  • Very interesting and beautiful church with significant architecture. Nice to see this landmark of Thessaloniki. It has specific working hours and it's not opened all day.  more »
  • Built in the 7th century. Very interesting for its unique architecture. Hagia Sophia is built in the architectural type of the vaulted basilica.  more »