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Saint Sophia, Ohrid

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • A small place to visit. But really beautiful. Loved walking around and taking photos
  • Place to visit definitely! Old frescoes worth seeing!
  • Ddefinitely a place worth a detour. Very old frescoes inside. The church was built on the foundations of the old church.
  • The houses on the hills behind make for a nice picture
  • The garden is a great place to relax on a sunny day

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Combining natural beauty and historical sights, Ohrid is one of Macedonia’s best known and most visited destinations. In spite of its modest size, the scenic shore of Lake Ohrid offers an array of accommodations. Hotels range from luxurious to budget-friendly. Much more numerous than hotels are the guesthouses, where you can find lodging in modern villas and traditional homes, in town or in the peaceful natural surroundings just outside. Rental apartments and several hostels oriented toward younger visitors round out the offerings.
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