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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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  • Facing the square built into old town ago the Ohrid Harbour and lane road going West for a while. An impressive brick building was completed in 1056, Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, the red roof. Frescoes inside the is filled was dominated in the Ottoman Empire, was used as a mosque. Restoration work was done in the 1950s and now recreate the appearance of the former. Seen so far filled once impressed and you can restore it. Admission is 100 Denali National Park at an additional charge. It was unfortunately were ignored, but was not allowed to take displayed at the entrance and had taken the tourists.
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  • Arguable one of the most impressive and beautiful medieval churches across the Balkans. Ticket prices are cheap, though no photography is allowed however many were able to take a few snapshots. The fr...  more »
  • This beautiful church is located in the historical centre on the road to go to the Church of Sant Jovan Kaneo.all's typical Byzantine frescoes and beautiful icons. fascinating place well preserved and cared for. the entrance to the facility costs hundred dinars while the boys are admitted free. place to visit.
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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.