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The Rotunda of St. George (Ayios Yioryos)

Vasou 1, Thessaloniki 54635, Greece
031/213-627
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Ranked #20 of 66 attractions in Thessaloniki
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Milan, Italy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's a Temple for all religions and not just a church for the Christian. If you want to pray and meditate it's the right place, Non matter what your beliefs are.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Rotuna is an amazing building. It used to be a Roman temple followed by being a church and then a mosque. You can see the Arabic script above the door way and the minaret outside as well as the muslim wash baths outside. Also above the Arabic script is the city's patron saint, St. Demetrius. On the inside the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Rotunda is a roman mausoleum dedicated to the roman emperor Galerius, turned into a church dedicated to St.George, turned into a mosque dedicated by Hortadji Efendi and turned into an archeological site after 1978. Bonus are the remains of jewish tombstones which were stored here after the Municipality destroyed the jewish cemetery in collaboration with the German occupiers in 1943/1953:... More

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Mougins
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

nice and cool inside after the heat outside ! Very interesting old mosaics ,must have been magnificent in their day,restoration going on now.

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Larnaka, Cyprus
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Rotunda of Galerius is the northeast of the Arch of Galerius It is also known as the Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Georgios, and is informally called the Church of the Rotunda (or simply The Rotunda). Very beautiful historic building and everyone must visit here.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Should be in a better state. Time for an upgrade but this church/mosque/Roman temple was extremely impressive.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Interesting to see the interior of this building even if there are few of the original mosaics still in place.

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Budapest, Hungary
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Reading the history of the building is impressive. With some imagination you can place yourself to different centuries and find related architectual and ornamentation parts while you are visiting.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

In Sept. 2013 the inside walls of the Rotonda are scaffolded, because of restoration of the mosaics around the dome. Still, you get a sense of how the much damaged building would have looked in it's former glory. Take some time to walk around the building as well. Some of the arrangement of found artifacts is quite charming.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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269 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Is wonderful and impressive but still needs more renovation. Located at the historic centre of Thessaloniki, next to Triumphal Arch of Galerius which is beautiful as well, and in a walking distance from Saint Demetrios church and Lefkos ikos by the seaside promanade.Worthewhile to visit with free entrance.

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