Saint Sophia, Ohrid

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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. Put Saint Sophia into our Ohrid holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Historical point in beautiful location the beautiful Byzantine Church is one point station worth visiting.
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  • Both the exterior and the Interior are very interesting wonderful l color tone floor unfortunately redone badly but definitely worth the visit for the beautiful at that you breathe
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  • Expected more, preserved some frescoes and see nothing. All the icons that are already emerging.
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  • So pretty when well lit at night time. It is a very peaceful feeling to walk there and see the church brightened up. Worth a visit.
  • This is a famous church in Ohrid. The church is depicted on the Macedonian 1000 denari banknote.
  • Can see some ancient fresco, however not allowed to go to 2nd floor. But from afar it seems like there are more frescos on the 2nd floor.
  • A beautiful 1000 year old church, a corner piece of Ohrid's more recent history. English information was available. I recommend hiring the services of a guide before embarking on a walk around the more ancient venues.
  • After traveling most of the world this is the FIRST time I've been asked to pay to go into a church. It made me sad for this country. Don't commercialize churches!
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