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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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Amazing 4th century circular building with stunning golden fresco

Another must-see in Thessalonika, easily accessible in the centre of the town near the waterfront. Although currently undergoing a major restoration and swathed in scaffolding do... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Another must-see in Thessalonika, easily accessible in the centre of the town near the waterfront. Although currently undergoing a major restoration and swathed in scaffolding do not be put off by this, Inside the views of the ceiling and upper walls are stunning.

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It's a beautiful and strange building used for many purposes through the years. It's in a central part of the city and is easy to get to. From there you can walk straight down to the waterfront and see many other Byzantine and Roman ruins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Round building, the Rotunda, with walls whose thickness is 6.3 meters, brick dome with a diameter of 24.5 meters, was probably a pagan temple dedicated to the god of Kavir. During the reign of Theodosius the Great, around 400 AD, the Rotunda was rebuilt into a Christian church. In 1591, after the conquest of Thessaloniki by the Turks, rebuilt the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Most amazing place to visit if you want to see a building that is very unusual this is it. How they built this place is amazing after it was burned down so many times

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The interior of this building is undergoing major renovation so its best view is from the exterior .Its free so it is still worth looking inside if you are in the area

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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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