Church of St.Sophia, Thessaloniki

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#2 of 26 in Historic Sites in Thessaloniki
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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  • August 16, 2017
    I think you should see there. The view is very nice. It iş near the aegean sea. The sea is beatiful. It is ahistorical place.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Very characteristic Temple in Thessaloniki. In the middle is quite dark, but you can see the Nice mosaics and other decorations. Relax for a few minutes
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  • August 13, 2017
    The Holy Temple of God's Wisdom of Thessaloniki as it is called officially, is a monument of World Heritage of UNESCO, belongs in Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki. Built in the middle of the 7th century and belongs to the architectural plan of the Basilica with a vaulted. The temple is! with very nice mosaics. Today works as a Cathedral of Thessaloniki.
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