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The Palace of Galerius

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The Palace of Galerius

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Access the World Heritage Site of Meteora without the stress of train tables or bus transfers on this day trip from Thessaloniki. Starting at your choice of central meeting points, you’ll go straight to the remote monasteries in an air-conditioned coach or minivan, enjoying views of the mountains and plains along the way. Tour two of the most impressive sites with a guide for a more in-depth experience than you might get on your own.
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Am_et_Mat wrote a review Feb 2020
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France513 contributions99 helpful votes
The archeological site is right in the middle of the city. Preservation of this site is a challenge but it gives you a good overview of the huge palace, very closed to the sea. Thessaloniki is a museum!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Carol A S wrote a review Feb 2020
Marietta, Georgia4,211 contributions697 helpful votes
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The Palace of Galerius was built in the decades around 300AD by Roman Tetrarch Valerianus Maximianus Galerius who ruled the eastern part of the Roman Empire from 293-311 AD. Galarius gained power after he defeated the Persians in 299AD, a victory celebrated by the Triumphal Arch of Galarius. He chose Thessaloniki for his palace as it was a large port city between Rome (capital of the Western Roman Empire) and New Rome-Constantinople (capital of the Eastern Roman Empire). The palace complex was built on a straight line from the Rotunda (at the northeast) through the Triumphal Arch through the Palace, and finally to the Hippodrome (horse-racing arena) on the southwest by the sea. Extensive archaeological excavations were done in the last half of the 20th century. The palace contained multiple buildings, the remains of which are visible in a giant sunken open-air museum on Navarinou Square. Significant ruins include: -- Apsidal Hall: the palace triclinium (banquet hall) -- Basilica: the luxuriously decorated reception and audience hall -- Palace baths -- Octagon: audience hall or throne room (later converted to church) -- Water reservoir: two stories -- Central building complex: rooms with mosaics built around an atrium As I wandered around the site, I was impressed by its sheer size, the construction effort, and the skill of the architects, engineers and artists who created this monumental statement of power and wealth. An information center for the Galerian Palace is located near the site of Apsidal Hall, at the intersection of Dimitriou Gounari and Alexandrou Svolou Streets. This sunken (air conditioned) space contains superb interpretive exhibits (in Greek and English). A computer-generated film of the re-constructed palace is shown continuously (I found this very helpful to understand what I was seeing as I viewed various elements of the Palace ruins). The Palace ruins at Navarinou Square are open from 9am to 4pm every day except Monday, with no entry fee. The open site has little shade, so a hat, water and sturdy footwear is recommended.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Stefanos B wrote a review Jan 2020
Thessaloniki, Greece90 contributions40 helpful votes
Part of the Galerius Palce Complex together with Rotunda, Arch of Galerius, Octagon and Hippodrome. Roman Emperor Galerius made Thessaloniki his capital (there were three other Tetrarchs) and built these huge buildings . They are all very near so you can visit all of them easily. In this area there are many street shops , restaurants with delicious food.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Alan Y wrote a review Nov 2019
Limassol City, Cyprus134 contributions61 helpful votes
Walking down from the magnificent Rotunda towards the sea, one comes across the Arch of Galerius and, a little later, the remains of the rest of the palace complex of the emperor Galerius. When we visited we met Maria, one of the many friendly custodians employed in Thessaloniki's museums and historical sites. The complex must have been quite spectacular when newly constructed. It has been sympathetically treated by the excavators - anything newly done (interventions) within the extensive complex can be clearly seen above the white band - original remains are below. The mosaics have been covered over (apart from in one area) to conserve them, so aren't able to be viewed. The rebuilding has been copied as it would have been built originally and the same materials which would originally been used have been utilised. There's a very good web site which I highly recommend clicking on which explains what was here and how the excavators went about their task. It's well worth the hour or so it takes to wander around and read the interesting signs provided. The hippodrome which also existed here would have covered an extensive area, but is only fragmentarily preserved.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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cookpias wrote a review Sep 2019
Los Angeles, California1,699 contributions381 helpful votes
As you stroll down the street toward the waterfront, you may see the ruins of a Roman Emperor's palace, which you should stop to study from the sidewalk. Pretty impressive for something that is just on the side of the road!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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