27 Sights in Thessaloniki Municipal Unit, Greece (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Thessaloniki Municipal Unit, Greece. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 27 sights are available in Thessaloniki Municipal Unit, Greece.

Sightseeing Tours in Thessaloniki Municipal Unit

1. White Tower of Thessaloniki

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The White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki, capital of the region of Macedonia in northern Greece. The present tower replaced an old Byzantine fortification, known to have been mentioned around the 12th century, that the Ottoman Empire reconstructed to fortify the city's fortress some time after Sultan Murad II captured Thessaloniki in 1430. During the period of Ottoman rule, the tower became a notorious prison and the scene of numerous mass executions, most famously of the Janissaries who revolted during the reign of Mahmud II.

Wikipedia: White Tower of Thessaloniki (EN)

2. St. Nicolas Orphanos

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The Church of Agios Nikolaos Orfanos is an old Byzantine katholikon of a monastery in Thessaloniki and a World Heritage Site, built in the early 14th century. It is located in the northeast corner of the Upper Town, within the walls, between Herodotou and Apostolou Pavlou streets. The name of the church, Orfanos or the Orphans, is first encountered in sources of the 17th and 18th century and is identified with the unknown owner of the monument that belonged to the family of Orphans or to the operation of an orphanage in the monastery, or is attributed to the status of Agios Nikolaos as protector of widows and orphans. As the founder of the temple, researchers have proposed Nikon Skouterios Kapandriti Orfanos, as well as the Serbian krali Milutin, who due to his marriage with Princess Simonida had close ties with Thessaloniki.

Wikipedia: Ναός του Αγίου Νικολάου του Ορφανού (EL)

3. Ροτόντα

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ΡοτόνταFilip Maljković from Pancevo, Serbia / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Rotunda is a 4th-century domed circular building in Thessaloniki, similar to the Pantheon in Rome. Its original use is not known, but various hypotheses have been put forward so far: that there was a temple of Zeus, or the Kabeiri, that it was constructed by Caesar Galerius as his mausoleum, or as a throne room in the palace complex. It was converted into a temple during the early Christian period, which some researchers identify with the temple of Asomatous Forces mentioned in Byzantine sources. In 1591 it was converted into a mosque by Sheikh Hortaci Suleiman Efendi. After the Liberation of Thessaloniki in 1912, it was dedicated to Agios Georgios. It is included in the Early Christian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wikipedia: Ροτόντα (EL)

4. Heptapyrgio

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Heptapyrgio No machine-readable author provided. Marsyas assumed (based on copyright claims). / CC BY 2.5

The Heptapyrgion, modern Eptapyrgio, also popularly known by its Ottoman Turkish name Yedi Kule, is a Byzantine and Ottoman-era fortress situated on the north-eastern corner of the Acropolis of Thessaloniki in Greece. Despite its name, which in both languages means "Fortress of Seven Towers", it features ten, and was probably named after the Yedikule Fortress in Constantinople. It served as the major redoubt of the city's acropolis, as well as the seat of its garrison commander in Ottoman times, until the late 19th century. It was then converted to a prison, which remained open until 1989. References to the infamous Yedi Kule prison abound in the Greek rebetika songs. Restoration and archaeological work began in the 1970s and continues to this day.

Wikipedia: Heptapyrgion (Thessaloniki) (EN)

5. Moni Latomou

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Moni Latomou Luc.T / CC BY 2.0

The Church of Hosios David is a late 5th-century church in Thessaloniki, Greece. During the Byzantine times, it functioned as the katholikon of the Latomos Monastery, and was adorned with rich mosaic and fresco decoration, which was renewed in the 12th–14th centuries. The church is dedicated to David the Dendrite. Today, the surviving examples are of high artistic quality, especially the apse mosaic Icon of Christ of Latomos. Under Ottoman rule, the building was converted into a mosque, until it was reconsecrated as a Greek Orthodox church in 1921, thus receiving its present name. In 1988, this monument was included among the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Wikipedia: Church of Hosios David (EN)

6. Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

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Museum of the Macedonian Struggle Prof. Vlasis Vlasidis / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Museum for the Macedonian Struggle is located in the centre of the city Thessaloniki in Central Macedonia, Greece. It occupies a neo-classical building designed by the renowned architect Ernst Ziller and built in 1893. In its six ground-floor rooms the museum graphically illustrates the modern and contemporary history of Greek Macedonia. It presents the social, economic, political and military developments that shaped the presence of Hellenism in the region. This approach enables the visitor to form a global picture, not only of the revolutionary movements in the area, but also of the rapidly changing society of the southern Balkans and its agonizing struggles to balance between tradition and modernization.

Wikipedia: Museum for the Macedonian Struggle (Thessaloniki) (EN), Website

7. Statue of Chrisostomos of Smyrna

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Statue of Chrisostomos of Smyrna

Chrysostomos Kalafatis also known as Saint Chrysostomos of Smyrna, Chrysostomos of Smyrna and Metropolitan Chrysostom, was the Greek Orthodox metropolitan bishop of Smyrna (İzmir) between 1910 and 1914, and again from 1919 until his death in 1922. He was born in Triglia, Turkey in 1867. He aided the Greek campaign in Smyrna in 1919 and was subsequently killed by a lynch mob after Turkish troops occupied the city at the end of the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922. He was declared a martyr and a saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece on 4 November 1992.

Wikipedia: Chrysostomos of Smyrna (EN)

8. H/S Velos (D-16)

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H/S Velos (D-16)

USS Charrette (DD-581) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Lieutenant George Charrette (1867–1938), who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Spanish–American War. Entering service during World War II, she spent her career in the Pacific theatre. Placed in reserve following the war, Charette was transferred to the Kingdom of Greece in 1959 and renamed Velos (D16), remaining in service till 1991 before being preserved as a museum ship at Palaio Faliro, Athens.

Wikipedia: USS Charrette (EN), Website

9. Ιερός Ναός Ταξιαρχών

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The Pammegistoi Taxiarches church is a Byzantine church located in the Upper Town of Thessaloniki, Greece. The church was built in the 14th century, and served as a mosque during the Ottoman period, before it was turned back into a church in 1912. The church underwent significant modifications during the 1950s and the 1960s, and unlike other Byzantine churches in Thessaloniki, a new section was added in neo-Byzantine style.

Wikipedia: Pammegistoi Taxiarches church (EN)

10. Memorial for Grigoris Lambrakis

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Memorial for Grigoris Lambrakis

Grigoris Lambrakis was a Greek politician, physician, track and field athlete, and member of the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Athens. A member of the Greek resistance to Axis rule during World War II, he later became a prominent anti-war activist. His assassination by right-wing zealots that were covertly supported by the police and military provoked mass protests and led to a political crisis.

Wikipedia: Grigoris Lambrakis (EN)

11. New Mosque

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The Yeni Mosque is a historical mosque in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was built by Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli in 1902 for the city's Dönmeh community, crypto-Jewish converts to Islam. However, when the Donmeh left the city during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, it was used to house the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki in 1925. Today it serves as an exhibition center.

Wikipedia: Yeni Mosque, Thessaloniki (EN)

12. Ναός Δώδεκα Αποστόλων

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Ναός Δώδεκα ΑποστόλωνHerbert Frank from Wien (Vienna), AT / CC BY 2.0

The Church of the Holy Apostles is a 14th-century Byzantine church in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Because of its outstanding Byzantine mosaics and architecture, and its testimony to the importance of Thessaloniki in early and medieval Christianity, the church is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki.

Wikipedia: Church of the Holy Apostles (Thessaloniki) (EN)

13. Αγία Σοφία

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The Hagia Sophia is a church located in Thessaloniki, Greece. With its current structure dating from the 7th century, it is one of the oldest churches in the city still standing today. Because of its outstanding Byzantine art and architecture, in addition to its importance in early Christianity, it is one of several monuments in Thessaloniki listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Wikipedia: Hagia Sophia, Thessaloniki (EN)

14. Panagia Chalkeon

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Panagia Chalkeon Konstantinos Stampoulis (el:User:Geraki) / CC BY-SA 2.5

The Church of Panagia Chalkeon is an 11th-century Byzantine church in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. The church's well-preserved Byzantine architecture and testimony to the importance of Thessaloniki in early and medieval Christianity led it to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988 along with other Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki.

Wikipedia: Church of Panagia Chalkeon (EN)

15. Μονή Βλατάδων

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Vlatades Monastery or Vlatadon Monastery is a monastery in Ano Poli, Thessaloniki, Greece. Built in the 14th century during the late era of the Byzantine Empire, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with 14 other Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki because of its Byzantine architecture and importance of Thessaloniki during early and medieval Christianity.

Wikipedia: Vlatades Monastery (EN)

16. Teloglion Foundation of Art A.U.Th.

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The Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation was established in Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece in 1972. It was named after Nestor and Aliki Telloglou, who donated their art collection and their entire property to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Later the university established this foundation in order to house the art collection and make it available to the public.

Wikipedia: Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation (EN)

17. Αχειροποίητος

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The Eucharist Church is an early Christian church of the Royal Thessaloniki and is now preserved in the same form built in the 5th century-which makes it unique in the eastern Mediterranean. Located on St. Wisdom Street, opposite Macedonian Square, its foundation was set in 450-475. It is dedicated to seminary, and its name is due to the image of seminary found in temples.

Wikipedia: Αχειροποίητος (Θεσσαλονίκη) (EL)

18. Church of the Saviour

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Church of the Saviour George Groutas / CC BY 2.0

The Church of the Saviour is a 14th-century Byzantine chapel in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki. The church has been dated to about 1350, based on a coin found within its dome during archaeological investigations and restoration work following the 1978 Thessaloniki earthquake.

Wikipedia: Church of the Saviour, Thessaloniki (EN)

19. Giahoudi Haman Turkish Bath

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The Yahudi Hamam is an Ottoman-era bath in Thessaloniki, Greece. Located at the intersection of Vasileos Irakleiou and Frangini streets, the bath dates to the 16th century. Its name means "Bath of the Jews", as the area was predominantly settled by Sephardi Jews. It was also named Pazar Hamam, due to its location in the central market-place of the city.

Wikipedia: Yahudi Hamam (EN)

20. Άγιος Δημήτριος

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The Church of Saint Demetrius, or Hagios Demetrios, is the main sanctuary dedicated to Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki, dating from a time when it was the second largest city of the Byzantine Empire. Since 1988, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a part of the site Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki.

Wikipedia: Hagios Demetrios (EN)

21. St. Panteleimon

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The Church of Saint Panteleimon is an old catholic Byzantine monastery of Thessaloniki and a World Heritage Site. It is located in the central part of the city, at the meeting of Egnatia and Iasonidou streets. It belongs to the type of composite four-columned cruciform inscribed with narthex and perimeter portico, which east ends in two chapels.

Wikipedia: Ναός του Αγίου Παντελεήμονος Θεσσαλονίκης (EL)

22. Thessaloniki Concert Hall

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Thessaloniki Concert Hall Tilemahos Efthimiadis / CC BY-SA 2.0

Thessaloniki Concert Hall is a centre for the performing arts in Thessaloniki, Greece. It opened in 2000 on land donated by the Greek state. The complex has two main buildings: M1, with an auditorium that seats 1400; and M2, in more contemporary style by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, with a number of smaller performance spaces.

Wikipedia: Thessaloniki Concert Hall (EN), Website

23. Grigorios Palamas Church (Metropolitan Church of Thessaloniki)

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The Metropolitan Church of Saint Gregory Palamas is a Church in Thessaloniki, Greece. It belongs to the Metropolis of Thessaloniki and is under the administration of the Orthodox Church of Greece. It is dedicated to Saint Gregory Palamas, a 14th-century theologian known for his writings and teachings on hesychasm.

Wikipedia: Church of Saint Gregory Palamas (EN)

24. Arch of Galerius

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One of the most characteristic monuments of Thessaloniki is the Triumphal Arch of Galerius, also known as Kamara, located on the upper side of Egnatia Street and a short distance from the Rotunda. It is one of the most famous meeting points for residents and visitors of the city.

Wikipedia: Αψίδα του Γαλέριου (EL)

25. National Theatre of Northern Greece

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The National Theatre of Northern Greece, an institution promoting theatrical plays in Thessaloniki and northern Greece, was founded in 1961 by Sokratis Karantinos, its first director. The Drama School and the Dance Theatre are integral parts of the National Theatre.

Wikipedia: National Theatre of Northern Greece (EN)

26. Παναγία Δεξιά

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The Church of Panagia Dexia is a parish church of Thessaloniki and belongs to the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki. It is located on Egnatia Street, in the city center. The architectural type of the church is cruciform with a dome and two bell towers.

Wikipedia: Παναγία Δέξια (EL)

27. Άγιος Αθανάσιος

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The church of Agios Athanasios is a Christian church in Thessaloniki, Greece. The present church was built in 1818. It is located in the city center, at the intersection of Egnatia and Socratous streets.

Wikipedia: Ναός του Αγίου Αθανασίου (Θεσσαλονίκη) (EL)


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