Church Of Hagia Sofia475 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: Agia Sophia Square zw. Tsimiski and Egnatia, Thessaloniki 546 24, Greece
- Timings: 08:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: 30-2310270253
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
This beautiful, imposing and memorable church in Thessaloniki is perhaps from the 6th or 8th Century. The old and stunning structure is also perhaps one of the oldest buildings to be found in the city as well. This church may not be as famous as its namesake and counterpart in Istanbul but its gigantic beauty surely makes it a lovely tourist attraction.
The single dome surrounded by the square building speaks volumes through its simplicity and elegance. The old brickwork gives the place a rustic charm that cannot be faked. The interiors are as simple but the mélange of gold and color make them a stunning sight. It is certainly one of the sites worth visiting in Thessaloniki.
Church Of Hagia Sofia Hours
- Admission is Free.
How to Reach Church Of Hagia Sofia
- TS VENIZELOU (bus Stop)
- Ouzou Melathron S.A
- TGI FRIDAYS
- Buba Mara
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Church Of Hagia Sofia Reviews & Ratings
A historic byzantine temple in the center of Thessaloniki, build around 700 A. D. It is definitely a must if you like to spot on the history. Free entrance, usually no complaints about touristic dressing but of course the place and some people who might be there for their religious duties need some kind of respect.
Thessaloniki's Hagia Sophia (The Church of St Sophia) was built to impress. It is believed to date back to the 8th century and sits on the site of an equally imposing basilica which had been destroyed in an earthquake the previous century. The powerful nature of the building immediately strikes you as you walk through its main door and are presented with the imposing main aisle in front of you running up to a gold-like apse. The mosaics of Hagia Sophia are fantastic examples of Byzantine mosaic decoration and lend the church a definite feeling of grandeur. The mosaics include a wonderful depiction of the Mother and Child in the golden apse and a illustration of the Ascension in the towering dome.
The church itself is a great historical point of interest for the city. You will not find many hagiographies as much of the church is restored to how it was before the great fire of Thessaloniki, and is unique in its own way. Also the garden area is sometimes used as a hosting place for bazzars, music events and others. Unfortunately, during the evening is not the safest place to be, as people that do drugs often hang in the garden.
Old and classic. Not to be confused with the one in Constantinupoli/Instanbul.
One of the main sightseeing of Thessaloniki. You definitely have to visit it.