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Address: Odos Ayias Sofia | Odos Ayias Sofia, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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The Great Church of the Virgin Mary

It was built in the 5th century as a three-aisled wooden-roofed basilica with a narthex and gallery over the ruins of a Roman bath complex. he Basilica interior stands out for its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 September 2016
Yiorgos B
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Spring Hill, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Wonderful small old church that has chimes at 0730 every morning - no need to set an alarm clock. Did not attempt entrance so I can't speak for anything inside. Exterior appears very old. Totally surrounded by high-rise apartments and traffic - both foot and car.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

It was built in the 5th century as a three-aisled wooden-roofed basilica with a narthex and gallery over the ruins of a Roman bath complex. he Basilica interior stands out for its architectural sculptures on the colonnades separating the three aisles, while excellent mosaics are also preserved on the intrados of the arches of the colonnade, the galleries and the... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Enjoy the marvellous church with its genuine Byzantine architecture and by far the best mosaics in Thessaloniki. The name "Achiropiitos", meaning non hand made, was given for a reason... for sure!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

A large basilica, one of the grand early churches of Thessalonike. Only parts of the original decoration survive, but the volumes and play of light are impressive.

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Chania Town, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

A rare find of a Byzantine church in/near centre of town. It has lovely mosaics, some of which still retained its colours.

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

I often go I Thessaloniki and I cannot miss this church... huge, very calm and with beautifull mosaics (mosts are near the roof)

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Wloclawek, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

Very old and amazing church. If it would be closed you should go around of church and find a monk (or priest), he opened church for me when i was in Thessaloniki, thanks to this i could be in 5th century church alone it was amazing for me!

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Holiday, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

The name of this Byzantine Church, Acheiropoietos, "made without human hands," is suggested to derive from an icon of the Virgin Mary, which is believed to have been divinely created (hence, not by the hand of a mortal) and was highly regarded for its miraculous powers. The church is known for its mosaic and fresco decoration, the frescoes of which... More 

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Washington, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

Although perhaps not the most famous, this was, for me, the most beautiful church I visited in Thessaloniki. It is ancient, peaceful and harmonious.

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Iasi, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

This is one of the oldest churches in Thessaloniki. It has a park around it, it is practically surrounded by vegetation. It is a very nice church, and it is worth visiting!

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