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  • 1 Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Leoforos Stratou GR - 546 21 Thessaloníki

    One of Greece's finest, the Archaeological Museum houses ceramics and object from Macedonia and Thrace, notably masterpieces discovered in tombs in northern Greece illustrating the high level of civilisation attained in the region at the time of Phil..

  • 2 Museum of Byzantine Civilisation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 Odos Stratou GR - Thessaloníki

    Opened in 1994, this up-to-the-minute museum has a remarkable collection of early Christian artefacts, including décor and elements from Macedonian churches and funerary art; bygone everyday life is evoked through a reconstructed interior. Note the f..

  • 3 Central Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    entre Odos Egnatia et Odos Ermou GR - Thessaloníki

    Preceded to the east by the old textile bazaar, the Bezesten, with its six cupolas, the network of little streets constituting the picturesque central market has an oriental ambience. At its southwest corner stands a monument to politician Gregoris L..

  • 4 White Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Leoforos Nikis GR - 546 20 Thessaloníki

    Originally incorporated in the ramparts, the White Tower (Lefkós Pírgos) was the main defensive element on the seafront. The Turks rebuilt the tower in the 15C and used it as a prison for the Janissaries, the Sultan's guards who betrayed their master..

  • 5 Macedonian Centre of Modern Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    154 r. Egnatia GR - 546 21 Thessaloníki

    The Macedonian Centre of Modern Art (Makedonikó Kéndro Sínhronís Téhnis) serves as a venue for temporary exhibitions presenting the works of foreign artists from various periods, and also gives exposure to young contemporary Greek artists. The perman..

  • 6 Rotónda (Ágios Geórgios) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Agiou Georgiou GR - 546 35 Thessaloníki

    The Rotónda is part of the Galerius complex (Anáktora Galeríou), which was the ancient political centre of Thessaloníki under Galerius (300 AD). The building was erected in the 4C AD as a circular mausoleum for the Emperor Galerius. In the following ..

  • 7 Triumphal Arch Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Dimitriou Gounari GR - 546 35 Thessaloníki

    This triumphal arch was erected in the 4C in honour of the Emperor Galerius' victory over the Persians. The pillars were decorated with low reliefs celebrating his conquests. The south pillar is the best preserved. On the outer face starting at the b..

  • 8 St Demetrios' Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Agiou Dimitriou GR - 546 33 Thessaloníki

    The impressive St Demetrios' Church (Ágios Dimítrios) marks the site of the martyrdom and tomb of St Demetrios, patron saint of Thessaloníki. After the fire in 1917 the church was totally restored to reproduce the 7C basilica that was preceded by an ..

  • 9 Turkish Baths Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Egnatias GR - 546 20 Thessaloníki

    This former Turkish bath-house, built in 1444 by Sultan Mourad II, is the largest in Greece. It had separate facilities for men and women; the men's section is decorated with stalactites. The inhabitants of Thessaloníki continued to use it, under the..

  • 10 Church of the Holy Wisdom Interesting

    Religious buildings

    GR - 546 22 Thessaloníki

    The Church of the Holy Wisdom (Agía Sofía), dating from the 8C, is remarkable for its huge dimensions and unusual design; the standard basilical plan of a nave with two aisles is combined with the Greek cross plan beneath a dome. The base of a minare..

  • 11 Ramparts Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Klafthmonos GR - 546 34 Thessaloníki

    Built in the 4C on Hellenistic (300-100 BC) foundations, the ramparts were altered in the 14C by the Byzantines and in the 15C by the Turks, who employed Venetian engineers. Skirting the walls on the outside, one sees a section built of massive stone..

  • 12 Macedonian Ethnological Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    68 odos Vas. Olgas GR - 546 42 Thessaloníki

    The Macedonian Ethnological Museum is devoted to the popular art and traditions of northern Greece. Models and photographs illustrate rural and urban architecture. Traditional costume, in particular formal dress, is presented by region. One room is d..

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