Church of St.Sophia, 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. Plan to visit Church of St.Sophia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Thessaloniki attractions using our Thessaloniki route planning tool .
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  • Our first round church for a long time! Undeveloped original with fantastic ceiling frescoes, which look as if they had been painted only the day before yesterday. And all located in Thessaloniki. Very impressive!
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  • Excellent tour to the history of the city from the Byzantine empire to the Ottoman Empire to the free city of Thessaloniki  more »
  • Seems some old church remains in the city of Thessaloniki, but here is one. Inside has a number of mosaics, in the solemn atmosphere. Was praying is visited, and the coffin was placed in a corner, room one at a time, remained in the impression.
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