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The Rotunda, Thessaloniki, Greece

 
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Distance from city center: 0.7mi
blackangel_66's pictureby blackangel_66 History & Culture travel tip
added on the 17th of December, 2009
The Rotunda is also known by the name of Agios Giorgos. It was first a Roman mausoleum, then a Christian church and later a mosque, quite a history, right?

It is the oldest building in Thessaloniki, built in the 4th century AD by the persecutor (of Christians) Roman emperor, Galerius.

It is a round building with a minaret attached to it - a very nice one, I would recommend you to climb the stairs, the view is amazing from there.

In the interior there are beautiful Byzantine mosaics, or at least it's remainings. Once it features the Second Coming of Christ. The larger parts which remained intact by the earthquakes of the centuries look wonderful. There are also frescoes and other pictures on the walls, some from the later ages.

The garden is also rich in Jewish and Byzantine artifacts, these also worth a visit with a camera!

Address:
Ayios Yioryos Sq.
Thessaloniki

Price:
FREE!

Opening Hours:
Every day from 8:30 to 15:00.

 
 
 
 
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