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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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A piece of history

An impressive building, and although it was quite badly damaged during the centuries, it still stands with remains of the original frescoes and a very good echo if you make some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

What a unique place! I was visiting this church during our stay in Thessaloniki with my wife. May Ayios Georgios to keep you all well!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

An impressive building, and although it was quite badly damaged during the centuries, it still stands with remains of the original frescoes and a very good echo if you make some noise in the middle of the church :) Renovation is ongoing, hopefully will continue.

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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Vasou 1, Thessaloniki 54635, Greece
Phone Number: 2310218720
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Central Macedonia  >  Thessaloniki Region  >  Thessaloniki

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