Church of St.Sophia, Thessaloniki

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Historic Site · Church
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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  • Beautiful church with old history, in the middle of the city, surrounded by other attractions. Free to enter. Worth the visit. Amazing inside.  more »
  • Traditional orthodox church steeped in history.No problem going in for visit. Peaceful location..I can recommend the cafe behind it-serves wonderful coffee,biscuits and various types of homemade...  more »
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