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Odd, hidden gem

This place sparked my curiosity the moment I read about it. It took a while to find it...it is at... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
Southern Pines, North Carolina
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Underground church and catacomb

Near The St. Sophia's (Agia Sofia) church, there is this small place... if it was not for the sign... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

This place sparked my curiosity the moment I read about it. It took a while to find it...it is at the southeast corner of the Agia Sophia church...walk down the stairs into what looks like a dig/park. When you enter the church there is a...More

Thank macsterling
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Near The St. Sophia's (Agia Sofia) church, there is this small place... if it was not for the sign on the street, it would be unremarkable. Picture yourself a small hole in the ground, with open access stairs. In the hole, there is - apart...More

1  Thank lilliputz
Reviewed 11 July 2017

A small church that leads to the catacomb of st John. The visit takes you back in time, since it is literaly under the city. This is part of the greater church of st Sofia, only a few meters away.

3  Thank zoechriso
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Just across the road from back side of st. Sophia church, below the street level is a fantastic, calm and cosy garden with modern church above the ancient catacomb. The church is closed in the afternoon, but the garden itself is worth stopping by.

1  Thank Boris B
Reviewed 23 April 2016

This represents the beginning of Christianity....and is easily found across from where the Ayia Sophia church is located. Inside it is both beautiful & peaceful.

1  Thank 548angelah
Reviewed 6 July 2015

Holy siesta (from 1.p.m. to 7 p.m.) applies to opening hours of churches, too. I was unaware of that, so my afternoon sightseeing ended up in staring at the buildings, including several churches, from the outside. Although the church itself and the catacomb was closed,...More

3  Thank S T
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Located just across the road from Aiya Sofia, this site is easy to overlook, yet it is a place of great importance as it had been used for gatherings of Christians back in the Roman times, when Christianity was yet outlawed. From the street, you'll...More

Thank Ilya K
Reviewed 15 March 2015

A must see when visiting Thessaloniki. It's right beside Hagia Sophia but can be easily missed as it is 5 meters below ground. Both the church and the catacomb are well kept.

Thank WinterWhite13
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Hidden at the center of the city, next to the church of Hagia Sofia in Thessaloniki, 5 meters below the ground, lies a small garden with a church and a small catacomb dating from the roman ages. The ideal place to stop and rest for...More

2  Thank atfos
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