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Church of St.Sophia, Thessaloniki

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Church of St.Sophia represents one of the city's most important ancient religious structures, whose historical and architectural significance has earned it a place on the World Heritage List. Although the current building--based on Istanbul's Ayia Sofia--was erected in the 8th century CE, a church has stood at this location since the 3rd century CE. Its rich and varied history includes a period as the cathedral of Thessaloniki and several centuries where it served as a mosque. Tour the dark interior to discover relics from each iteration, including centuries-old mosaics, icons, and chandeliers. This is an active church, and services are still held here today; check online for details. Make Church of St.Sophia a centerpiece of your Thessaloniki vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Thessaloniki route planning tool.
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  • My favourite church in the city. Visit at sunset to see the glow off the roof. When we visited it was quiet and the grounds are a nice place to relax. Well worth a look. 
    My favourite church in the city. Visit at sunset to see the glow off the roof. When we visited it was quiet and the grounds are a nice place to relax. Well worth a look.  more »
  • As described, this is a copy of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. I’ve been there many times and if we think about it thoroughly, we can really discover the similarity of the floor plan. In a significantly... 
    As described, this is a copy of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. I’ve been there many times and if we think about it thoroughly, we can really discover the similarity of the floor plan. In a significantly...  more »

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