Acheiropoietos church, (or else great church of Virgin Mary) dates back to the 5th century (around 431AD) and it is one of the oldest temples of Easter Christianity that has remained a temple through all the years of its existence. As such it is included in Thessaloniki’s Unesco World heritage. Acheiropoietos, is an unusual name and derives back from an old Christian tradition that states that the church’s icon was not created by human hands and that instead it is god’s creation.
Acheiropoietos church, is located in the center of the city on Agias Sofias Street. The temple was build on the ruins of a Roman bath complex. The 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 trivelon (arcade) in the narthex.
Acheropoietos, was reserved and renovated several times during its history (mainly 7th-8th and 14-15th centuries) but many of its original characteristics are still preserved unlike to Agia Sofia and Agios Dimitrios church.
Address: Agias Sofias 56, Thessaloníki 54631, Greece
Open Hours: Monday-Saturday from 08:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 19:00
Phone: 0030 2310 272 820