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1. White Tower of Thessaloniki

On its seafront stands its most famous landmark, the White Tower. It is both the symbol of Thessaloniki and the symbol of the sovereignity of Greece over Macedonia. No one knows exactly when the tower was constructed. In his description of the Norman conquest of the city in 1185, Eusthatius, the Archbishop of Thessaloniki, surmised that the Tower was probably built around the fifteenth century, in place of the existing Byzantine Tower, after the Turks conquered Thessaloniki.



2. Acheiropoieitos

Aceiropoietos" is a church that is dedicated in Virgin Mary and that means it was not made by human hand and the title is probably referring to the cult image. The church was built on the remains of Roman baths during the 5th century. Panagia Acheiropoietos is a three-aisled basilica with a narthex on the west side and a second entrance with a monument propylon in the middle of the south wall.



3. Vlatadon Monastery

Vlatades brothers, Dorotheos and Markos, were the persons that founded the Monastery in the year 1360. The two brothers were members of the intellectual circle of the Metropolitan of Thessaloniki, Grigorios Palamas, who later was raised saint. He died in 1359 and a wall painting of him is decorating the interior of the church.




4. The Rotonda - Hagios Georgios

The Rotonda was built in 306 AD as a Mausoleum or Pantheon for Emperor Galerius. As the name suggests, it is a circular building and was converted into a Church during the reign of Theodosius the Great. The Rotunda is noteworthy for the fine mosaics that embellish the Church.



5. The Ancient Forum of Thessaloniki

Constructed towards the end of the second century AD, the Ancient Forum was the seat of the central administration in ancient Thessaloniki. Spread over an area of around two hectares, it was constructed around a paved rectangular square right in the centre of the city, surrounded on three sides by stoas or porticos. Each stoa had two rows of columns through which the surrounding buildings could be directly accessed. The stoa on the south was built on a cryptoporticus or a structure with a cellar or vault which lay under the ground because the land here was naturally sloping.



6. Osios David

Osios Davis was founded at the end of the 5th begging of the 6th century. It was build over an earlier roman building and it used to be the catholicon, the main church, of Latomos Monastery. The original church was really small and square, with an entrance in the west wall and an apse at the east end. Afterwards, in each of the four corners a small chamber was constructed and lead in the creation of a cross with equal arms in the area of the temple. Nowadays the entrance of the church is on the south side as the west side is destroyed.



7. Prophitis Ilias

The church was built in the 14th century. It was founded as the Catholicon of a monastery. It was believed to belong to Nea Moni Monastery, but it was later identified as the Monastery of Akarnios. The church of Prophet Elias turned into a mosque after 1430 from the Ottomans, and that time was that almost all frescos of the church were destroyed. Even after the renovation of the church very few wall paintings have survived. The church of course has features of a monastery. The church has triconch style and it is covered with a dome, and has two more semicircular structures that are attached at the left and right of the east apse.



8. Panagia Chalkeon

Panagia Chalkeon is the Lady of Coppersmiths. And of course is due to the church's location. The surrounding area of the church from the medieval years up to now is city's centre for coppersmiths. It is a longitudinal church of the cross-in-square type, with a triconch sanctuary on the east and a narthex on the west side. The church was founded by the "protospathario" Christoforo, a Byzantine official, as is stated on the marble lintel of the main west entrance. During the years of the Ottoman occupation the church turned into a mosque and turn to church again after 1912, with the liberation of the city.


9. Hagios Demetrios

Saint Demetrios is the patron saint of Thessaloniki. The Church of Agios Demetrios dedicated to him occupies pride of place among all the churches in this city. The Church has had an eventful history. It was first built just after 313 AD atop the remains on an ancient Roman bath and was essentially a small chapel. Around the 5th century, Bishop Leontios refurbished it into a large basilica with three aisles. This was burnt down somewhere between 626 AD and 634 AD. Before long, another basilica with five aisles was constructed, but in 1493 it was made into a mosque! In 1912, it was returned to the Christians only to be razed to the ground by a big fire in 1917. It was built again and resumed functioning from 1949.



10. Arch and Tomb of Galerius

The Arch of Galerius (Modern Greek: Aψ?δα του Γαλερ?ου) and the Tomb of Galerius (Τ?φος του Γαλερ?ου) are neighboring monuments in the city of Thessaloniki, in the province of Central Macedonia in northern Greece. The Tomb of Galerius is better known as the Rotunda, the Church of Agios Georgios or (in English) the Rotunda of St. George. Built shortly before A.D. 305 in commemoration of Galerius' victory over the Persians in 297. It was a part of a four gateway which was situated at the point where the ceremonial way from the palace complex met the city's busiest thoroughfare. The reliefs depict and extol the Emperor's victory over the Persians. It is located at the junction of Egnatia and Dimitriou Gounari streets.



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