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15th part of Drama cultural routes - CHURCH OF ST. SOPHIA

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15th part of Drama cultural routes - CHURCH OF ST. SOPHIA

ST. SOPHIA is the oldest preserved church in town. According to entries in the Register of the Cathedral of Drama, during the Byzantine Period it was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In its current shape, it consists of the Byzantine core situated at approximately two meters’ depth below ground level and of the additions made during the Ottoman Period, namely the pillared entrance hall on the West side of the temple and the church tower (formerly a minaret). The Byzantine church is a transitional style domed basilica with a peripheral gallery, of masonry similar to that of the Byzantine walls. It dates back to approximately the 10th century. Its interior contains wall paintings of about the Middle Byzantine Period, presently covered with wall plaster. The colorful marble set floor covering that existed until the beginning of the preceding century (20th) must be roughly of the same period. On the exterior, on the upper part of the East wall, there is a built-in upturned inscription with the marble sculptor’s name, Ioannou. During the Ottoman Period it was turned into a mosque with the names “Bey or Hissar or Kale cami”. It was returned to the Christian worship at the liberation (July 1913).
 

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