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The Rotunda of St. George (Ayios Yioryos)

Vasou 1, Thessaloniki 54635, Greece
031/213-627
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Ranked #23 of 69 Attractions in Thessaloniki
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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48 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
68 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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