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Saint Sophia, Ohrid

(4.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The church was built by Archbishop Leon between 1036 and 1056, in the Macedonian style of that time. It was built on top of the foundation of an earlier Christian basilica. The building is interesting...  more »
  • Beautiful church at. Centre of ohrid and within walking distance of the nearby Lake. There you go walking toward the Castle. Sin restructuring too modern
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  • This is a small church with a scale model made of the same building materials. We did not have a chance to enter it as we were schedule to walk up the hill ... Having entered the open area outside the...  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.