Archaeological & Historical Sites in Thessaloniki

History buffs are mesmerised by the wealth of archaeological sites to the east and west of Thessaloniki, putting northern Greece firmly on the archaeological map.  These sites include:

Mount Olympus
The seat of the 12 gods and the centre of Greek mythology, Mount Olympus is today one of the most important national parks, offering unique flora and natural springs.

Mount Athos
This monastic republic is inhabited by 1,700 monks.  Each monastery houses priceless treasures and sacred relics, ranging from manuscripts to icons and frescoes.


The ancient capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great, Pella has pebble floor mosaics and houses set on broad streets.

This is where fabulously elaborate Hellenistic tombs were discovered, including King Philip’s tomb.  Among the richest finds are gold urns, gold wreaths and silver vessels, now all in the Thessaloniki Museum.


This was a sacred place for ancient Macedonians located at the foot of Mount Olympus.  There are two theatres, temples of the gods, the remains of the ancient city and a stadium stretching out in an area full of greenery.

Petralona Cave

Found in the Halkidiki area, this is the site of some of the area’s greatest anthropological finds.  The discovery of a Neanderthal skull, determined to be 500,000 years old, drew world attention and this site has become the scene for continuous scientific exploration.

Palace of Galerius

Built in AD 300 in Platia Navarinou.

Roman Forum and Theatre

Located in Platia Dikastirion.

Roman Baths

Located in the crypt of the Church of Agios Dimitrios.

The Nympheon

An elegant, circular, monopteral structure, now one of the cisterns in the chapel of Agios Ioannis Prodromos.

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