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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  • The church possesses a level of spirituality and mysticism as you take in the view of the icons and the light piercing through the incense. 
    The church possesses a level of spirituality and mysticism as you take in the view of the icons and the light piercing through the incense.  more »
  • This church is a survivor, and has been maintained with dedication. The mosaics date from the 8th and 9th centuries and glow. Its wonderfully quiet even though in the middle of the city. 
    This church is a survivor, and has been maintained with dedication. The mosaics date from the 8th and 9th centuries and glow. Its wonderfully quiet even though in the middle of the city.  more »

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