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Home to some of the best-preserved Byzantine religious artwork in the world, Saint Sophia understandably serves as one of Macedonia's most important church complexes. Visit the church, originally built by Macedonia's medieval rulers, and explore the grounds, including a courtyard, narthex, and series of hallways along the shores of Lake Ohrid. Enter the structure and admire the series of ornate and detailed frescoes along the walls and ceilings. Note that these frescoes, dating as far back as the 11th century and depicting Old Testament scenes, were long covered with plaster when the Ottomans converted the church into a mosque, hence their good condition. PutSaint Sophia into our Ohrid holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Saint Sophia reviews
Beautiful old church in Ohrid. Once the center of a large congregation and seat of the Bulgarian bishopric,, iI has magnificant 11 to 14c frescoes. A must see for anyone visitig the town of Ohrid.
Beautiful old church in Ohrid. Once the center of a large congregation and seat of the Bulgarian bishopric,, iI has magnificant 11 to 14c frescoes. A must see for anyone visitig the town of Ohrid. more »
The church is impresive and worth a visit. I m sad that i didnt go inside because was night and it was closed.
The church is impresive and worth a visit. I m sad that i didnt go inside because was night and it was closed. more »
Impressive original ancient frescoes inside make it worth the 3 euros entry. Apart from that it's nice but nothing particularly special.
A must visit, very important church historically and culturally. Very well preserved and in a beautiful part of the old town with cobbled streets and traditional houses. It is only a 5 minute walk uphill and certainly worth visiting. There is an entry fee which is about 2-3 euros and these fees are used to help to keep this important church maintained. Definitely you should visit when you are in Ohrid, or you'll miss something very important.
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