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  • 1 Archaeological Museum of Thessalonica Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 r. Manoli-Andronikou

    The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki boasts one of Greece's richest collections. Built in 1962 by Patroclos Karantinos, the architecture of the building reflects the introspection of Ancient Greek houses. The permanent collections present the hi..

  • 2 Museum of Byzantine Civilisation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. Leoforos-Stratou

    The Museum of Byzantine Civilisation presents, with modern museography, a remarkable collection of art going from the early Christian period to the post-Byzantine era, from the 4C to 19C. It includes various elements from Macedonian churches and fune..

  • 3 White Tower Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Originally incorporated in the ramparts, the White Tower 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. In 1826, those..

  • 4 Agios Georgios (Rotunda) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    The Rotunda is part of the Galerius Complex (Anaktora Galeriou), which was the ancient political centre of Thessaloniki under Galerius (300 AD). The building was originally a circular mausoleum erected for the Emperor Galerius. In the late 4C, the ma..

  • 5 Triumphal Arch Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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. On the outer face starting at the base: war scenes with elephants and a lio..

  • Agios Dimitrios (St Demetrios), an impressive church, marks the site of the martyrdom and tomb of St Demetrios, patron saint of Thessaloniki. Restored after the fire in 1917, in line with the original architectural plans, the church has retained some..

  • The Church of Agia Sofia (St Sophie), dating from the 8C, is remarkable for its huge size and unusual design; the layout of a three-nave basilica is combined with the Greek cross layout and a dome. The presence of a minaret base is a reminder that th..

  • 8 Ramparts Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Built in the late 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. It is almost the only example of Byzantine fortifications with some 60 ..

  • 9 Ethnological and Folk Museum of Macedonia and Thrace Interesting

    Museums and art

    68 r. Vassilis-Olgas

    Housed in an Art Nouveau-style mansion, the Ethnological and Folk Museum of Macedonia and Thrace is devoted to the popular art and traditions of northern Greece. One part focuses on the pre-Industrial technologies of traditional societies, based on h..

  • 10 Bedesten

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Thessaloniki's old textile market, the Bezesten, was held in a 15C building. Built under the reign of Mehmed II in brick and stone and with six domes, it was the commercial hub of the Ottoman town. Nicely restored, today - as before - it is given ove..

  • The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art aims to present temporary exhibitions of works by foreign artists from different periods, and also to give exposure to young contemporary Greek artists. The permanent collection has over 1 500 pieces and give..

  • 12 Bey Hamam

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Bey Hamam, considered as the most important baths in Greece, was built in 1444 by the Ottomans of Thessaloniki. The bathhouse had separate facilities for men and women. The locals continued to use it, after it became known as Loutra Paradissos (''Bat..

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