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A gem of a small church

You can’t compare this exquisite small jewel of Thessaloniki to any Byzantine church you have been... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hidden Gem

Built 1300, never a mosque. Tiny and loved. The wall paintings of the Bishop of Myra and his life... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Irodotou and Apostolou Pavlou | Irodotou and Apostolou Pavlou, 54623, Thessaloniki 546 23, Greece
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 19, 2012

History: The church was founded in the second decade of the 14th century, as the catholicon of a monastery. It is believed that the founder of the church was the Serbian Kral Milutin. The frescoes are among the best preserved in Thessaloniki and reflect the...More

4  Thank atfos
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Reviewed July 25, 2014

Thanks to the reviews on this site, we made an effort to find this little treasure. We searched everywhere to find the opening hours and found nothing. Unfortunately when we arrived at 4pm, the church was closed. It lies in a fascinating quarter of the...More

1  Thank Diana B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can’t compare this exquisite small jewel of Thessaloniki to any Byzantine church you have been to in the world !! Visit during mass in Easter to enjoy best singing and mystique experience. The frescoes are sublime and transport you to another world..,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built 1300, never a mosque. Tiny and loved. The wall paintings of the Bishop of Myra and his life are amazing.

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Reviewed September 27, 2018

One of the best church is Solun. Absolutely without mass of tourist. Very photogenic place. Worth of visit, but carefully check opening hours.

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Reviewed September 13, 2018

Agios Nicolaos is beautiful: the right size (small), beautiful decorations (masaics and frescoes), golden lamps and the rest. On top of all this, the location is fantastic, just behind the preserved part of the Eastern wall, where the new city gradually turns into the old...More

2  Thank LucioF_11
Reviewed September 4, 2018

The holy church of St. Nicholas Orphanos has byzantine palaeologian frescoes of unique style! Although it's a small church and very dark, it's really worth visiting it! The only negative thing I have to mention is that the interior could be more cared. Such a...More

1  Thank KoukByzRus
Reviewed August 24, 2018

This little church is in the old town above the main city so it is worth getting the local cultural bus to the top of the town and walking down. The frescos are very well preserved and the overall setting is very peaceful. It is...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Α byzantine church of a rare beauty which is located in a in a wonderful garden. The presence of a guide could be very usefull in order to explain all the theological stories presented by the frescos. Τhis church is directly connected to orthodox Ecumenical...More

2  Thank dora t
Reviewed June 19, 2018

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is well worth the effort to get here. It sits in a quiet area in the north of the town. The church was built in the 14th century. From the outside it is really nothing that...More

3  Thank Honisoiquimalypense
Reviewed June 11, 2018

It is a bit hidden in the old city-so someone should use google maps or ask the people how to find it.It is a monastery of the byzantine era with many rare frescos on the walls and a huge garden.

Thank Marc J
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Of all the churches that I visited in Thessaloniki, this one has by far the most beautiful (and intact) frescoes. Visit and enjoy the vivid and colorful biblical scenes. . . . Even though this a little out of the way - a ~15-20 minutes...More

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