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Church of Agia Sofia

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Address: 22 Ayia Sofia, Thessaloniki 546 23, Greece
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A Major Historic Site

A holy place, the Second Cathedral of the Byzantine Empire, and much prayed in over the centuries. First church on the site was 4th Century, another in the 6th, the present one... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A holy place, the Second Cathedral of the Byzantine Empire, and much prayed in over the centuries. First church on the site was 4th Century, another in the 6th, the present one from the 8th C. Fr Nicholas is a fine young priest, beautiful weekday service in a side chapel. The interior is still not restored, having been painted over... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is the most beautiful large church in the city, that still holds the original atmosphere, dark and mystic... see the walls and the paintings.. certsinly a must in the city.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Very peaceful place for prayers or just to observe the Orthodox churches. In the city's downtown we have experienced the Sunday's prayer by chance and the atmosphere quite different than the outside's multicultural modern city.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Thessaloniki overall has kept its multi cultural heritage very well, something to adore. Every street has a historical part, Hellenic, Greek and Turkish. Mosaics in the church were wonderful even though there was a restoration going on during our visit.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

good carvings and architecture. rich in history. at the heart of city centre. lovely place for prayers

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We've been exploring ancient churches all over eastern Europe the past six weeks. The Hagia Sofia was a must see in Thessaloniki. Not only is it listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, but it's one of the oldest original churches still standing. The site of the Hagia Sofia was a church location since the 3rd century AD. The present... More 

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Θεσσαλονίκη, Ελλάδα
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Overwhelming spiritual atmospheres. Don't miss out the small chapel within the church, on the right side.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Entering Agia Sophia in the bright white heat of summer is like drinking a cool glass of water- the blues and greens are quenching, the equivalent to silence after noise. This is an ideal sanctuary for contemplation.Don;t miss the mosaic, and the trompe l'oeil marble.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Right in the center, close to the promenade of Thessaloniki, close to the pedestrian street ''Agias Sophias'' a great shopping street with nice cafes!. The church inside makes you feel so peaceful ! A very old church with loads of history and glory ! Must visit! Free entrance...like in all Greek churches...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I'm not remotely religious and visits to churches are always at my wife's behest but I'm glad she encouraged me to visit here with her. Choose a quiet time of day and just sit and be still, this church has a sense of peace and calm that is quite infectious.

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