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Historic Site
“White Tower is the main attraction of Thessaloniki. It is a fortification work of the 15th century Ottoman (probably built between 1450-70). It is now considered a characteristic monument of Thessaloniki and is what has been saved by the demolished Ottoman fortification of the city. The present form of the tower replaced a Byzantine fortification of the 12th century, to be used as a garrison of the Yanitsaron and as a prison of death. Today it operates as a museum and is one of the most famous building-symbols of cities in Greece. It has 6 floors, 34 meters high and 70 meters perimeter. The museum of White tower provides many historical facts about Thessaloniki and its ticket costs 4 euro. Maps: goo.gl/maps/dYX1viw7XLF2 Street: Leoforos Nikis”
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History Museum
“A Day at the museum In the Museum the visitor can visit the 11 galleries of the permanent exhibition and can travel back to the world of Byzantium through thematic sections concerning the daily private and public life, worship and the burial customs, architecture and art, the commercial and business activity. He/she can discover the continuity and the relationship between past and present. The audiovisual material and the touchscreens, which frame the main exhibition, inform on more special issues. In that way the visitor can have a complete picture of the Museum’s history, of the organization of the exhibition and of the management of the archaeological material, from the excavation to the Museum, until the final presentation. Furthermore he/she can learn things relating to the history of Museums internationally. Alongside, the visitor has the opportunity to visit, throughout the whole year, the temporary exhibitions organized by the Museum in the wing of temporary exhibitions “Kyriakos Krokos”, in the multipurpose hall “Eftychia Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou”, in the reception hall or in the atrium. The themes of these exhibitions are not related only to the Byzantine period, but by organizing them we try to sensitize the public on issues of history, cultural heritage and art and on daily life of different societies and cultures. Moreover, the visitor can follow, free of charge, by using the entrance ticket, the thematic guided tours titled “An exhibit is narrating…” by an archaeologist of the Museum. Based on a sole exhibit or on a group of exhibits, the guided tour is preceded by a short film on the subject, shown at the auditorium “Melina Mercouri” (1st cycle: Weapons and diplomacy, 2nd cycle: Clothing and textiles). For the blind people and people with limited vision we have a leaflet in Braille script (Greek-English), a special shaped outdoor exhibition with marmor artifacts and a program of audio-haptic guided tour through the Museum’s permanent exhibition titled “Touch and be acquainted with Byzantium” in three languages (English, German, Russian) and in Greek. Moreover we provide a special brochure for the escort. All these are free of charge by the use of entrance ticket. The Museum implements various Educational Programs directed at students of kindergartens, Primary and Secondary Schools, teachers, adults, families and people with special needs. For each target group different activities are organized. Moreover there are special leaflets for the teachers, which help them to organize their own educational visits. Every year our Museum participates in all the activities of national, Europe-wide and international range. These are the “Museums’ Night”, the “International Day of Museums”, the “European Days of Cultural Heritage”, the Full Moon of August, the "Green Cultural Routes”, the Nationwide Campaign of the Association of Greek Archaeologists e.a. On that occasion the Museum produces films of a special thematic and moreover it organizes guided tours, cultural events, educational workshops, interactive exhibitions, all with free admission for the public. Alongside, we organize and accommodate, throughout the year, actions of scientific, cultural and educational character, of literature and art, such as conferences, seminars, lectures, book presentations, film screenings, music events, in which the participation for the public is free. All the events take place in indoor and outdoor areas of the Museum, in the atrium, in the reception hall and in the two auditoria (“Melina Mercouri” and “Stephanos Dragoumis”). Detailed information about exhibitions, events and educational programs you will find on the website in the fields Educational Programs and News–Events. In the Museum shop (owned by the Archaeological Receipts Fund) the visitor can buy publications related to cultural, archaeological, historical issues, books on art, books for children, replicas of archaeological objects, from the antiquity until the post-Byzantine era, modern constructions inspired by the Museum’s exhibits, clothing, jewelry, practical gifts, toys, posters and postcards e.a. The visitor can also make a pleasant break or close his tour in the café - restaurant "B" of the Museum, which is leased by the Archaeological Receipts Fund. ”
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History Museum
“A MUSEUM FOR ALL The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is one of the largest museums in Greece and the central museum of northern Greece. All visitors are welcome to experience its unique collections of ancient artefacts as well as its rich and extrovert cultural activities. The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is located in the centre of the city and its cultural life, only a breath away from the seafront and very close to other museums and archaeological sites. It is easily accessible via public transport.”
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“Following Tsimiski Avenue, next to the port, we will meet the famous neighborhood Ladadika. A beautiful historic area, specially designed for pedestrians only, which is a favorite destination for both locals and visitors and for the city's unique student community. Ακολουθώντας την Λεωφόρο Τσιμισκή, αμέσως μετά την Πλατεία Ελευθερίας δίπλα στο λιμάνι, θα συναντήσουμε τα πασίγνωστα Λαδάδικα. Μια όμορφη ιστορική περιοχή, ειδικά διαμορφωμένη μόνο για πεζούς, η οποία αποτελεί αγαπημένο προορισμό, τόσο για τους ντόπιους και τους επισκέπτες όσο και για την μοναδική φοιτητική κοινότητα της πόλης. ”
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“South of the Rotunda was the triumphal arch (known today as “Kamara”), probably built by the city of Thessaloniki between 298 and 305 A.D. to commemorate Galerius’ victorious campaign against the Persians. In its final form, the structure consisted of eight piers arranged in two parallel rows, four in each row. Between the piers were created three arched openings, of which the central one was wider and higher than the other two. The four central piers, which carried marble slabs with relief decoration, were larger than the outer piers and were connected by semi-circular arches supporting a dome. Today only three of the eight original piers are preserved (the position of the destroyed central piers on the east is indicated on the sidewalk of Egnatia Street by a different paving), of which two carry reliefs depicting scenes from the Romans’ victorious campaigns against the Persians in 297 A.D., in addition to symbolic images propagandizing Galerius’ military might and the Tetrarchy’s power. ”
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“It was designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard in 1918, but most of the square was built in the 1950s. It is an important tourist attraction for the city with numerous cafes and bars. The two quarter-circle sides of the square are occupied by important buildings. On the left is Electra Palace Hotel, which is one of the best five-star hotels in Thessaloniki and on the right is one of the city's most famous movie theaters, the Olympion Theatre cinema, site of the annual Thessaloniki International Film Festival. It also houses a very popular bar of the same name.”
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“You can enjoy your drink or lunch here right next to the seafront in a nice environment with all the old seaside in front of you. Tip: They offer free parking in their establishment! You should expect to pay around 5 € for coffee, 5-10 for drink and 20 for lunch, approximately.”
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History Museum
“The famous Rotonda of Thessaloniki, Macedonia: The Rotonda (or Rotunda) is one of the most important Roman monuments in Thessaloniki. It stands just next to the Arch of Galerius in the city center and it is also known as the Church of Agios Georgios. This cylindrical structure was built in 306 AD by the Roman tetrarch Galerius, who intended it to be his grave. At first, it worked as a temple but it remains unknown to which god this temple was dedicated. Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotonda. In the 14th century, the Ottomans occupied Thessaloniki and in 1590, the Rotonda was converted into a mosque. In fact, a minaret was added to the building that has been restored and survives till today. In 1912, the Greeks deliberated Thessaloniki and Rotonda was converted into an Orthodox church again, till 1979, when a strong earthquake caused serious damage to the structure. Presently, the Rotonda has been restored and works as a sculpture museum. Also, it frequently hosts various exhibitions. The Rotonda has a diameter of 24,5 meters and its walls are more than 6 meters thick, which has protected the monument from time, sieges and earthquakes. This is one of the oldest Orthodox churches and has been included in the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites. In fact, all Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki were included in this list in 1988. ”
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“The biggest shopping street in the north half of greece, with brands from around the world!”
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Bridal Shop
“The church of Agios Dimitrios, patron saint of Thessaloniki, is located at the centre of the city, on Agios Dimitrios street, over the Ancient Agora and consists undoubtedly its most important Early Christian monument, both due to religious and historical reasons. The early Christian basilica was built in the area where in the Roman Period was a complex of public baths. According to traditions, it was in these baths that Agios Dimitrios was imprisoned and martyred with a spear. At this location, after the Edict of Milan regarding religious tolerance in 313, a small church was built over the saint’s tomb. Soon believers from all over started to arrive and pray at the saint’s tomb in order to help them heal from various diseases. Among the pilgrims was the Prefect of Illyricum Leontius, who after being healed and to show his gratitude to Agios Dimitrios built a new, more impressive church in its place. They transferred the saint’s tomb there from the baths and they placed it in a ciborium in the middle aisle. Today the renovated marble ciborium is at the northern aisle. The 5th century church was destroyed by an earthquake in 620 and was rebuilt in the middle of the 7th century according to the standards of the older church. The church was an important pilgrimage centre throughout the Byzantine Period and Agios Dimitrios became the patron saint of the Balkans. In 1493, after the occupation of Thessaloniki by the Turks, the church was converted into a mosque (Kasimiye Camii). Christian worship was limited then at a small area on the northwestern of the church, where they made the saint’s cenotaph. It was returned in Christian hands in 1912, after the liberation of the city. However, in the great fire in 1917 the church was largely destroyed. Its restoration lasted until 1949. ”
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Gourmet Shop
“Greek cuisine and delicatessen in one big place. Interesting experience! www.ergonfoods.com”
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Electronics Store
“One Salonica is the first premium outlet mall in Greece. A new-generation shopping experience hosting more than 100 boutiques, restaurants, cafes and cinemas —that have quickly made it a landmark attraction in Southeast Europe”
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“The oldest part of the city with old buildings, narrow stone made roads and traditional taverns. This area travels you to Thessaloniki of the early 20th century, before the terrible fire that destroyed a very large part of the city. ”
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Historic Site
“The Hebrard plan for the reconstruction of Thessaloniki after the big fire of 1917 predicted the extension of Aristotelous to the north, to create a large administrative center. During the excavations (1962) for the construction of the city courthouse, the ruins of the Roman Agora (Forum) were discovered. The area was listed as an archaeological site. It was revealed that during the Roman period, the Agora stretched in an area of ​​5 acres and included services such as a documents archive, mint and a conservatory-meeting hall. On its south side, there was a domed arcade, most likely used as a public warehouse. Attached to the gallery, there were shops which survived until the 13th century, according to the sources. At the southeastern part of the findings lies a complex of baths, which is particularly important as the oldest surviving edifice of the late Hellenistic city. During the Byzantine period, the area of the ancient market declined. After the Sultan invited the persecuted Jews of Spanish descent to come reside in Thessaloniki, it was allocated to them to inhabit.”
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“An example of a successful city area transformation The area of Balaoritou is the new hot place to be in Thessaloniki! The numerous bars, coffees and restaurants transformed the old commercial and until recently neglected area, to a lively and popular night life center .”
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“Agia Sophia is one of the oldest and most important Christian temples in the city which has remained intact over the years and operates to this day as a Cathedral of Thessaloniki, being at the same time a recognized World Heritage Site.  Agia Sofia or Agia Sophia for several years was the metropolis of Thessaloniki. Hagia Sophia is a great Basilica (domed) built over the ruins of an earlier gigantic basilica (which was destroyed in the 6th century AD) The church was built to commemorate the Hagia Sophia in Constantinopolis. The construction began in the 7th century AD but during the years of construction there were many modifications and additions. During the Ottoman Empire this church as many others became a mosque but it was destroyed by fire in 1890 to reopen and offer its holly service, in 1913. Visitors of Hagia Sophia will be able to observe the existence of very impressive pictures and carved decorations retained by the 8th, 9th and 11th century. ”
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