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The Rotunda of St. George (Ayios Yioryos)

Vasou 1, Thessaloniki 54635, Greece
031/213-627
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Ranked #31 of 73 Attractions in Thessaloniki
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

The city really needs to get its act together and put some context on these monuments. Originally a temple to Zeus this building has been a pawn in a millennia long religious tug of war. The structure itself is an impressive feat with its large vault and wide arches (most, sadly, concreted in). The remnants of mosaic visible on the... More

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Moscow, Russia
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318 attraction reviews
386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Rotunda is truly a small gem. What's even better, they've been reconstructing it extensivly in January when I visited so I hope it's even better now. The entrance was free, I only wrote down my name, profession and hometown in the visitors' book and that was it. The interior is quite bare but if you look towards the dome,... More

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Palermo, Italy
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Rotunda is Thessaloniki! I really hope they will renew it as they started to do. From the outside it is already amazing, but recovering the beuty of the wonderful outside would be great. Together with the Arc and with the White Tower the most famous spot of Thessaloniki.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was meant to be the mausoleum of Roman Emperor Galerius and then was turned into a church during Byzantine times. Many cities would love to have such a big and so well preserved Roman monument... but once more I won't give it bellow 5 stars because it worths a visit BUT... it's not taken care properly. The walls that... More

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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71 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This Church is over 1700 years old; the structure with a relatively large Dome that survived the earthquakes, it was converted to a mosque in the 16th century; when the minaret was added; then returned back to a Church in the 20th century The Church is impressive from the outside; the inside walls and paintings are almost fully damaged; it... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I think the monument was going through some restoration work. There was nothing unique ,A big and ancient hall with very high ceiling. There was darkness inside and I suppose it will be good-if visitors are allowed after restoration. No entrance fee though.

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Adana, Turkey
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I was bored with the Rotundra of St. Georgia, even more so that there is no information kiosk about it's history. But it is a free site to see from the outside. The whole Rotundra complex is surrounded with either fences or a large brick wall. We were there in the evening, but from what I could tell they do... More

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Timisoara, Romania
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29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very old church, built in 306 AD on the orders of Galerius. No, you'll not find any info there(just like many other monuments in Greece), just use the internet if you want to know anything about this monument. The interior is currently being renovated, but still worth a visit.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A symbol of all the city's changes through time. It is not just a church but a cultural and historical monument

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Bermuda
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The interior is currently being renovated. The exterior is worth a visit for history buffs. Ideally, it should be viewed as part of the larger Galerius Palace Complex as it places the Rotunda in context.

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