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Built as a mausoleum for either Galerius or Constantine around 300 AD, in the style of the Roman Pantheon, this exquisite monument went through all the transformations of the sacred building in Thessaloniki: first as a Byzantine church, than as a Mosque (with the only...More
excellent acoustic, the oldest functional building in the city
build to be a mausoleum but remaining a church for 1200 years; then, more than 300 yrs as a mosque; then, after 1912, being church again....such a story, isn't it
fortunately, the Greeks kept the minaret,...More
We actually came across this palace by accident, walking by.
From the outside, it seems rather interesting and small, but the inside is voluminous and great, with lots of preserved frescoes from the Byzantine and Turkish period. The place was built as a Roman sacred...More
I haven’t read much of the detailed reviews of it and when I and my partner were passing by we decided to get inside. There was nothing more than the surprise we have experienced when we got in. There is nothing outside which can tell...More
Had a quick visit before leaving the city it’s a lovely old church and worth the 2€ entry. Doesn’t take long to read the information inside the compound so if you allowed 30mins for the visit that’s fine.
P.s. closed on Mondays!! I learnt that...More
The magnificent ancient Roman rotunda was huge with wonderful frescoes inside and beside it a massive minaret - one of the few in Greece to survive the departure of the Muslims in 1923. You can see this distinctive building from all over Thessa but especially...More