Monuments and Churches in Thessaloniki

Explore the famous ancient monuments and archaeological sites

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
This is one of the best museums of Greece.  It houses art from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic eras, as well as artefacts from Ancient Macedonia, including gold ornamental art and ancient Greek weapons.
Platia Hanth

Museum of Byzantine Culture
Illustrates Byzantine history and culture through Byzantine icons, art and every day artefacts. 
2 Stratou Street

The White Tower
A beautifully built round fort at the eastern waterfront.  It was built in the 15th century as part of a sea fortification and it has become the most recognised landmark of Thessaloniki.  During the Ottoman occupation, it became a symbol of terror because of the gruesome executions of prisoners that took place there.  After the city's liberation, the tower was whitewashed as if to purify it from the blood that so often covered it, thus the name "White Tower".  The tower is white no longer, and it houses the "Museum of History and Art of Thessaloniki".

The Roman Forum and Theatre

The Arch of Galerius

Built in 305 CE to commemorate the victory of Galerius over the Persians in 297 CE.

The Ataturk House

The birthplace of the Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk now houses various artefacts from his life.

The Rotunda

Circular building of the 3rd century CE that was originally built as a mausoleum for Galerius.  In Byzantine times, Constantine converted it into a Christian church, and after the Ottoman invasion it was converted to a mosque.

The Old Walls

Erected under Theodosius the Great, the walls encircled the medieval city.

Agia Ekaterini

This 13th century church has a beautifully preserved exterior and some fragments of frescoes.

Vlatadon Monastery

Located in the Upper Town, the Vlatadon Monastery is celebrated for its Ecumenical Foundation for Patriarchal Studies, the only one in the world.  Its church is cruciform in plan, with a dome (14th century).

Agios Dimitrios

Restored in 1948 after having been destroyed by the great fire in 1918 to conform to its original plan as a five-aisled basilica, the church was built on top of the old Roman baths and is decorated with mosaics.

Agia Sofia

An 8th century building representing a transition from the domed basilica towards the cruciform plan with dome; it features superb mosaics.

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