March 2019


Thessaloniki, the beautiful northern Greek city was, for much of the existence of the Byzantine Empire, its second largest city. Evidence of this history can still be seen in the 15 Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The monuments surviving from over one thousand years of history of the Byzantine city are representative of Byzantine culture and art over the centuries. These can particularly be seen in the Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki, which also contain remarkable mosaics and frescoes from Late Antiquity to the Late Byzantine Era. Among these monuments are the Roman Agora and the Walls of Thessaloniki from the Roman Era. The Palace of Galerius, the Hippodrome, the Rotunda, the Arch of Galerius and the Apsidal Hall dated from the 4th century and are part of the Galerian Complex. To the Byzantine Era dated from 5th century to 14th century are Panagia Acheiropoietos, Osios David, Agios Demetrios, Agia Sophia, Panagia Chalkeon, Agia Aikaterini and Byzantine Bath, Church of the Holy Apostles, Agios Panteleimon, Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, Vlatadon Monastery, Church of the Savior, Profitis Ilias, Taxiarches.


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