Sites, Monuments, Churches and
Making pages like this really bore the hell out of me. But with a city like Thessaloniki, which has seen so much history and so many cultures I can't really leave out a page on what to see in the daytime, even if for most people the day is something you have to get through so you can go out at night. Luckily for me I had lots of help with this. No, I didn't walk around to all these places gathering information. When I first wrote this I got the information from actual guidebooks and by the time I updated it the wonders of google had made everything easier. Most of these places are within walking distance if you are staying somewhere central. For those who are looking for something more organized Fantasy Travel's Northern Greece Tour includes Thessaloniki and the most important sites in Macedonia as well as the Monasteries of Meteora.
Navarino Square, was built by the Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus at the end of the 3rd Century. The Galerian
erected shortly before 305 AD to commemorate the victory of Galerius over the Persians. The Roman
Theatre are located at the Law Court Square
(Dikastiria) south of Egnatia street. Also nearby are The Roman
north of the church of Agios Dimitrios and the Nymphaion, an elegant monopteral, circular building.
The Ancient Site of Vergina is also a UNESCO site and one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Greece. Located about 2 hours from Thessaloniki.
the ancient city of
Aigai and the first capital of Macedonia has extensive
ruins including the tomb of Phillip and the summer
palace of King Antigonas Gonatas. Open from Tuesday to
Sunday from 8:30 to 3:30 but stays open until 7 in the
summer. You can get here by KTEL bus through Veroia and then a taxi or local bus to the site but if you are 2 or more people you should take a taxi and you can stop at some nice places on the way there and back. You can also find tours through a local travel agency.
The Ancient City and Archaeological Museum of Pella is another important site and a little closer to Thessaloniki. Pella was the ancient capital of King Archelaus of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great. The site is known for its mosaic floors made from small pebbles. exploration of the site began in 1953 and continues today. In 2006, a farmer accidentally uncovered the largest tomb ever found in Greece. You can get here by local Thessaloniki bus or take a taxi and do Pella and Vergina together.
MONUMENTS - CHURCHES
Rotonda,(photo) a domed building of early 4th century
A.D., served as a Pantheum or as a Mausoleum
for emperor Galerius. Now the church of Saint
George. Was a mosque during the Turkish occupation
and the minaret still stands. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage list of most important sites. It is open daily (except Mondays) from 08.30-15.00.
century A.D.), the chapel of the
Convent, an early Christian church that still stand in
Thessaloniki's Turkish quarter known as Epimenidou
during the time of Theodossios the Great to guard
the city from Democracy Square of nowadays across
Eptapyrgio up to the site later occupied by the
White Tower, a work of the architect Sinan (first
half of 16th century).
, was completely rebuilt in 1948 according the
original plans. The church has been destroyed
twice before by fire.
, the most easterly section of the Bath, is the
place where St Demetrios was imprisoned, tortured
marks the transition from the domed basilica to
the domed crusiform church is a copy of the
original Agia Sophia in Constantinople..
, a cruciform church, was built in 1028 A.D.
according an inscription of that era.
is very well preserved externally, with traces of
retains a rich decoration both externally and in
the interior, dating at the time of the Byzantine
Pateologos imperial dynasty.
20 Irodotou Str. tel. 2310 213.627 richly decorated
with frescoes in the 17th century it became
the chapel of Vlatadon Monastery.
was built in
1360 upon the ruins of a Byzantine palace by the
monk Makarios Houmnos.
The post-Byzantine era has also left in
Thessaloniki an important number of
: Near the White Tower and fairgrounds, tel.2310 830.538. Displaying sculpture of the archaic,
classical and Roman periods.
: tel. 2310 267.832. An exhibition of the history and
art of Byzantine Thessaloniki covering the period
between 300 and 1430 AD. There is a small cafe
with a great view at the top.
And if all this
seems like a little too much culture you can
go to the beach
Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki: The Jewish Museum of
Thessaloniki was founded to honour the rich and creative Sephardic heritage
as it evolved in the city after the 15th century consequent to the horrible
expulsion from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. The Museum is housed in one
of the rare Jewish structures that survived the fire of 1917. Located in the very heart of
Thessaloniki, this imposing building has at times housed the Bank of Athens and
the offices of the Jewish newspaper "L' Independent" and is a silent witness to
the great Jewish presence that once filled the streets of Thessaloniki. Open Tuesday,
Friday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm and Wednesday
& Thursday: 11:00am - 2:00pm & 5:00pm - 8:00pm. 13, Agiou Mina
Street. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org (for more on the Jewish Community in Greece see www.greecetravel.com/jewishhistory)
Museum of Byzantine Culture:
2 Stratou St.,
tel.: 2310 868.570.
and Popular Art:
68, Vas. Olgas,
tel. 2310 830.591 displaying costumes and objects of
the last 250 years of Greek national life and
culture. One of the best in Greece.
: 23, Proxenou Koromila Str. tel. 2310 229.778.
Exhibits from the years of local national
Germanou Str. inside the building of the National
Theatre, tel. 2310 238.601. Important works of Greek
and foreign painters.
Olgas, tel. 2310 425.531. Museum of the Crypt: Inside
the church of Agios Dimitrios, tel. 2310 270.591
the Society for Macedonian Studies:
Germanou Str. tel. 2310 238.601.
Greece Cultural Centre:
108, Vas. 01-
gas Str., tel. 2310 834.4o4.
Centre of Modern Art:
Trade Fair grounds, tel. 2310 281.567
Museum of Thessaloniki:
Industrial Area, 2nd Street, Building no 47, tel.2310 799.773.
. The founder of modern Turkey was actually born
in Thessaloniki and his house has been turned into
a historical museum. Don't be put off if the guard
asks for your passport. No, it's not a small
island of Turkish territory in the midst of
Greece's second largest city, but with ocassional
tensions between the two countries they don't want
to take any chances of someone defacing the
displays. The last time somebody blew up this
house in the fifities it set off anti-Greek riots
in Istanbul and the expulsion of several thousand
Nations Baptist Church of Thessaloniki is part of a network of Baptistic
Churches known as the Internatinal Baptist Convention. The church is
located at Valaoritou 4, which is one block south of Egnatia, near it's
intersection with Dodekanisou at the western end of the city center. All
Nations Thessaloniki is an international church comprised of Greeks,
Africans, Filipinos, and various other nationalities. Services are in
English, with translation available in other languages. Church is on
Sundays at 11am, usually followed by a meal. The church has recently
(August, 2011) changed its name (formerly GTIF Thessalomiki) and is in
the rebuilding process. Pastor Dan Truitt,
grandson of a Greek immigrant to the US, is from the Chicago area, has
been in Greece for 23 years, speaks Greek fluently, and has a Greek wife
and a Greek-American Daughter.