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The Rotunda of St. George (Ayios Yioryos)

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Address: Vasou 1, Thessaloniki 54635, Greece
Phone Number: 2310218720

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An interesting domed structure with mosaics but it was under restoration in May 2015

As impressive perhaps as is the Pantheon in Rome, the function of this structure, which was once part of the palace complex of Galerius, remains enigmatic. Some claim it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Holiday, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

As impressive perhaps as is the Pantheon in Rome, the function of this structure, which was once part of the palace complex of Galerius, remains enigmatic. Some claim it was intended as the mausoleum of Galerius himself, but was never used for that purpose; others claim it was a temple, but to whom it was dedicated--Galerius himself, Zeus, or ???,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

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. Above the Arabic script is the city's patron saint, St. Demetrius. Outside you see the minaret and muslim wash baths. On the inside the structure has a high... More 

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Brasov, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Rotonda, or the St. George Church, is a symbol of Thessaloniki one should not miss! It is a spectacular construction from the 3rd century, visible from both the fortress uphill, as well as from the Tsimiski boulevard close to the sea. Initially designated to be the mausoleum for the emperor Galerius, in the 3rd century, it has later become a... More 

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Doenrade, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Rotunda is currently undoing restoration. We could enter and view most of the building. The artwork on the ceiling is beautiful.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A surprising building of the 3 century a.d. summarizing the history of Thessaloniki through the centuries.Builded at the beginning as Mausoleum for the governor of Thessaloniki Galerius,later converted into a Christian church and later a mosque.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Leaving aside the religous part, the church is an imposing building. A great architectural acievement.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I was also unable to enter, but enjoyed walking around the rotunda and reading how Galerius' mausoleum was turned into a church after his death and then a mosque by the Ottomans. I also enjoyed the variety of street art on display in the vicinity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

There wasn't a lot to see, we spent maybe thirty minutes there. The tiling was beautiful, though much of it was destroyed. There was a lot of scaffolding apparent because of rennovations

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I really liked the rotunda! It´s kind of derelict, but I liked the atmosphere and the great history of it. It has been everything from a temple over a mosque to a church and finally now some kind of museum - or church again? Of course it doesn´t have the atmosphere of the Pantheon or Hagia Sophia but it has... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Even though there are major repair works going on inside its still worth having a look at. It is easy to find and wont take much time to inspect

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