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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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  • It is the most beautiful large church in the city, that still holds the original atmosphere, dark and mystic... see the walls and the paintings.. certsinly a must in the city.  more »
  • What makes this particular Temple, over history, is that in its current form, dating from the 8th century a.d., is a unique specimen in the evolution of Royal troylaias. Very important also the mosaics of the dome, which is placed at the end of the 9th century, with the great monumental expression of commitment and very interesting symbolism of
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  • Unique Church in the Centre of Thessaloniki. It has a big courtyard and is beautiful inside.
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