Rotunda of Galerius, Thessaloniki

Rotunda of Galerius, Thessaloniki (must see)

The Rotunda of Galerius is now the Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Georgios, better known as the Church of the Rotunda or simply The Rotunda. The cylindrical structure was built in AD 306 on the orders of the Roman tetrarch Galerius, who was thought to have intended it as his mausoleum. It was more likely intended as a temple, as it is not known to what god it would have been dedicated. The Rotunda has a diameter of 24.5 meters. Its walls are more than 6 meters thick, which is one reason why it has withstood Thessaloniki's many earthquakes. The walls are interrupted by eight rectangular bays, with the south bay forming the entrance. A flat brick dome, 30 meters high at the peak, crowns the cylindrical structure. In its original design, the dome of the Rotunda had an oculus like the Pantheon in Rome.
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Rotunda of Galerius on Map

Sight Name: Rotunda of Galerius
Sight Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Thessaloniki, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Creating your own self-guided walk in Thessaloniki is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Thessaloniki Coast Line Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Coast Line Walking Tour

Thessaloniki is a lovely city set on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The coastline offers magnificent views of the waters and of the distant Olympus mountains. While walking here you will see historic monuments, beautiful parks with fountains, many cafes, churches, and other interesting sights. This self-guided tour offers a pleasant walk along the coast of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Thessaloniki Introduction Walk

Thessaloniki Introduction Walk

Thessaloniki boasts a wealth of historic landmarks revealing eventful past of this ancient city. Among them the most notable are the Palace of Galerius and its Rotunda, the White Tower, plus a number of churches listed as the world heritage sights. Follow this orientation walk to explore the top attractions of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries

Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries

Thessaloniki exhibits both old and new art. Here you may find displayed ancient art from Byzantine period coexisting with contemporary arts presented for sale at numerous shops and galleries around the city. Follow this tour and explore the art treasures of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Upper Town Thessaloniki is the most ancient part of the city that is approximately 2300 years old. Here you may see the ancient Byzantine wall with its towers, ancient religious sites with Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, and other remnants of the city's great civilization. Take this tour to have a closer look of what's left.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour

Thessaloniki's many museums give a complete picture of the city's rich culture and history. The most worthwhile museums are located in the area of Tsimiski Street. Here you can see prehistoric relics and treasures from the ancient Macedonian and medieval Byzantine eras in these museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to the museums that will reveal the antiquity of this land.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Churches

Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Churches

Thessaloniki is an old city with a rich Christian history. Some of the twelve apostles visited the city and wrote epistles to its people, which entered the cannon of New Testament. There are many great ancient churches here, but of special interest are the beautiful smaller ones. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most splendid churches of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles