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Saint Sophia, Ohrid

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Religious Site
Home to some of the best-preserved Byzantine religious artwork in the world, Saint Sophia understandably serves as one of Macedonia's most important church complexes. Visit the church, originally built by Macedonia's medieval rulers, and explore the grounds, including a courtyard, narthex, and series of hallways along the shores of Lake Ohrid. Enter the structure and admire the series of ornate and detailed frescoes along the walls and ceilings. Note that these frescoes, dating as far back as the 11th century and depicting Old Testament scenes, were long covered with plaster when the Ottomans converted the church into a mosque, hence their good condition. Plan to visit Saint Sophia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Ohrid attractions using our Ohrid holiday planner.
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  • frescos very incomplete and faded but some miraculously conserves. Particularly ancient and rare, from the time of the Komnenian dynasty, and a different style from elsewhere. The rest of the interior...  more »
  • On our sightseeing tour around Ohrid, including St. Jovan Kaneo and the fortress, we came across Saint Sophia. It is a very pretty church, kept on immaculate grounds. There are a couple of good restau...  more »
  • I didn't go inside this large church (compared to many of those in Ohrid) but I enjoyed looking at it from the outside. It looks particularly nice in the warm light of sunset so try to pass by in earl...  more »
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  • One of the oldest churches in Ohrid. It's old about 1000 years. Nice architecture and nice front yard. Must visit.
  • Worth seeing. Especially during traditional weddings (when you can see crowns over maids and grooms heads).
  • One of the "must go" places in Ohrid, quiet first thing in the morning but quite busy later during the day, so go bright and early.
  • Borka at Sveti Sophia gave us a beautiful little tour 💓
  • It's the chruch with the greatest acustics in Ohrid and dates back to the 11th century.