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Saint Sophia

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Address: Naehe See, Ohrid 6000, Republic of Macedonia
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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9th century church, large and ancient

St. Sofia is one of the best examples of 9th century architecture from the Middle ages. It's large and still have many icons within, though many have not survived well the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Larry A
Jackson, California, United States
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Jackson, California, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

St. Sofia is one of the best examples of 9th century architecture from the Middle ages. It's large and still have many icons within, though many have not survived well the centuries. Still, theres a lot of neat icons here and great architecture to see.

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Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying close by and passed this pretty church many times over Easter. The 100 Denar entry charge for foreigners is not o as far as we are concerned so we did not enter in protest.

Thank EricaDavid
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is very clearly a medieval Orthodox church, with its understated brickwork, stone arches, blind arches domes and slender columns. What is most unusual about this church is its heft: this is an unusually massive church for its time. It has a monumental feel which is rare in ancient churches from this part of tbe world. The inside of the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

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, but the real draw are the frescoes inside. What you should know: * The frescoes represent some of the earliest depictions of some old and... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

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 church, I was surprised to find a scale model of this church in a glass showcase right outside the... More 

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Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

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 frescoes are immensely impressive dating to the 15th Century and highlight Macedonia's integral position in Christianity during the Byzantine era. It was also even used as a mosque... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Just like every other churches in Macedonia, Saint Sophie is just gorgeous. It really feels like you are in another period of time, with wonderful architecture designs and paintings...

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

This church is one of the most beautiful churches in Ohrid, it's easy to locate and the ticket price is very affordable. When you come in you will be amazed. The fresco work and murals are mind-blowing. Must visit.

Thank Helga M
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

Saint Sophia is a place that you must visit in Ohrid. This is one of the most beautiful churches in this town and also very old. If you have a chance visit some concert that id holding here

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

You can look inside the church from the window, but if you want a closer look, you need to pay to enter. The frescoes are nice, but faded. About 10 minutes is all you need for a visit.

Thank Esther P

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