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Church of Agia Sophia in Drama

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Record ID CRID:54
Type of record Single Monument
Date of record 27-11-2012
Registrar Natasa Michailidou
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Monument type Immovable Monument
Monument Code CHURCH0037
Monument Name Church of Agia Sophia in Drama
Related Institution Holy Diocese of Drama
Location Name Drama
Date of construction
10century AD
Short Description From the most ancient churches of Drama. It was within the walls of the fort and in 1830 it was forcibly converted into a Muslim shrine by the conqueror of Eastern Macedonia Murat A'. After many centuries it was attributed to Christian worship in 1913 when Drama was liberated, after the then bishop Agathangelos Mognis cleansed and sanctified it. During the excavation of the interior of the mosque the phiale was found, granite columns, some mural paintings in the apse of the sanctuary and inscriptions. The church is a transitional type domed temple with peristyle, but unfortunately the coats of lime, internally and externally, does not allow studying the existence of any murals or its masonry. The solidity of the building, the very good acoustics and its architecture reveal it as a very valuable historical and archaeological monument of our region. The church of St. Sophia, which was modeled as the namesake church of Thessaloniki, currently works as a parish.