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Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos

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Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos

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Day Trip to Dion and Mountain Olympus from Thessaloniki
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Day Trip to Dion and Mountain Olympus from Thessaloniki

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Leave Thessaloniki for a day and discover ancient Dion and Mt. Olympus without the stress of public transport or hire cars. Travel to Dion Archaeological Park, home to city ruins dating from the 6th century BC; and explore its relics and museum. Next, visit Mt. Olympus, the home of the gods in Greek mythology, and walk in the Epinea Gorge to absorb the scenery surrounding the peak before returning.
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roaming_kiwi58 wrote a review Nov 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand2,632 contributions514 helpful votes
The Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos dates back to the 5th century and is one of the oldest in Thessaloniki. Archeiropoietos means "not made by hands". This building is an example of early Christian architecture, and was the first church in Thessaloniki to be converted to a mosque, in 1430. This is one of many churches to visit if you are on a walking tour of Thessaloniki. We walked from the port, where we arrived on a cruise ship. Very enjoyable.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Ana L wrote a review Sep 2019
Navan, Ireland2,683 contributions1,026 helpful votes
I tried to visit this church, and even though I went during the opening times, it was closed. I thought it was quite nice on the outside.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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RodDeeRoads wrote a review Aug 2019
Dublin Ireland115 contributions94 helpful votes
The Temple is well worth the short diversion while visiting it's neighbour, the Hagia Sophia. Where as the Hagia Sophia is dark, in a western style, the temple is almost blindingly bright with a light and very airy feeling to the space. There is a feeling of cleansing about the place. There are some areas of preserved flooring that predate the current building, going back to Roman times. Also there is some scratched graffiti courtesy of the conquering Turkish sultan in the 15th century. There are panels which give information in English to help you along the way.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Dirk W wrote a review Jul 2019
Alexandra Headland, Australia4,910 contributions1,055 helpful votes
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We visited this church as part of our "guided tour of Thessaloniki". From the outside it seemed not terribly interesting, but that changes if you get the full story from a competent guide. It dates back to the 5th century and there are floor mosaics visible that originate even earlier to Roman baths. It is perhaps one of Thessaloniki's earliest surviving churches and there are plenty of original bits left to see : ionian capitals, green marble columns, marble pavement and mosaics. As invariably happened, the Ottomans turned it into a mosque and it is exciting to find Sultan Murad's inscription on one of the columns. There is a good bit of the 13th centuries frescoes visible ; at the time of my visit, they were still busy restoring some of them. It all makes for a really beautiful and interesting visit to an historically significant church.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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dianel103 wrote a review Jun 2019
Lake Placid, Florida232 contributions143 helpful votes
When one reads the inscriptions and history of structures like this one, the visitor must query, "What kind of faith did these believers possess?" The Orthodox church buildings existed for centuries. In conquest the buildings were stripped of any Christian sign and repurposed as mosques. Greek Orthodox believers became second class citizens in their own country. This lasted hundreds of years. Yet, in the 19th century and the ouster of the Ottermans, there still existed a strong Greek Orthodox church which reclaimed and repurposed these structures one again to be used as places of worthship. How strong their faith must have been and how faithfully these people taught succeeding generations to survive centuries of oppression.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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