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Panagia Achiropiitos

  • Ayias Sofias 56 Map It
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  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 12/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The name Achiropiitos means "made without hands" and refers to the icon representing the Virgin that miraculously appeared in this 5th-century Byzantine church during the 12th century. An early example of the basilica form, the church has marvelous arcades, monolithic columns topped by elaborate capitals, and exquisite period mosaics of birds and flowers. It is the second-oldest church in Thessaloniki and probably the oldest in continuous use in the eastern Mediterranean. An inscription in Arabic on a column states that "Sultan Murat captured Thessaloniki in the year 1430," which was the year the church was converted temporarily into a mosque.

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Ayias Sofias 56, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54653, Greece

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Published 12/18/2015

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