Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries, Thessaloniki

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.
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Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries
Guide Location: Greece » Thessaloniki (See other walking tours in Thessaloniki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: vickyc
Teloglion Foundation of Art

1) Teloglion Foundation of Art

The Teloglion Foundation of Art was established in 1972 with the donation of the entire fortune, along with a very rich art collection, of Nestor and Aliki Teloglou to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. This collection is now exhibited in a separate building on the university campus. Originally consisted mainly of the 19th and 20th centuries Greek artworks, the collection has now been enriched through further donations made by prominent individuals. At present, it contains ancient items, such as statuettes and pottery from the Hellenistic period, Corinthian and Roman pottery, Persian miniatures, Arabic and Chinese vases and dishes, and the likes. It also features some modern pieces, like the monumental work "The World of Cyprus" by Diamandis.

Operation hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am - 2 pm; Wednesday: 9 am - 2 pm; 5 pm - 9 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

2) Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki was founded in 1979 by a group of visionary citizens (Maro Lagia and Alexandros Iolas) of Thessaloniki.

The Board of Directors of the MMCA decided to honour Alexandros Iolas by giving his name to the Museum’s new three-storey wing and to dedicate to him the catalogue of the permanent collection, which now numbers more than one thousand works (paintings, sculptures, installations, assemblages, engravings, photographs), in the hope that the Museum will remain independent, unconventional and open-minded, that is guided by the same principles that charactirised Iolas himself.

At present the MMCA's permanent collection comprises 2000 works by Greek and foreign artists, it is constantly being augmented by gifts from collectors, artists, gallery owners, and private individuals and constantly presented in the museum' s new wing.

Apart from the permanent display, the MMCA has mounted over 100 exhibitions of works by Greek and foreign artists.

Operation hours: Winter: September 15 – May 15: Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm; Thursday, Friday - Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm;
Summer: May 16 - September 14: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 09:30 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday: 3 pm - 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Christos Vasdekis' Art Gallery

3) Christos Vasdekis' Art Gallery

Christos Vasdekis is a famous Macedonian artist presented in many galleries around the world. He works mainly in oils, pencil, and watercolor. Christos Vasdekis' Art Gallery and Workshop in Thessaloniki displays and sells his work.
Museum of Byzantine Culture

4) Museum of Byzantine Culture (must see)

The Museum of Byzantine Culture opened in 1994.

To design the museum, a nationwide architectural competition was announced in 1977. The competition was ultimately won by the entry of Kyriakos Krokos. Construction of the building began in March 1989, and was completed in October 1993. Antiquities from the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens were transferred in June 1994, some of them being displayed in the museum's inaugural exhibition, "Byzantine Treasures of Thessaloniki: The Return Journey".

The museum currently has three permanent exhibitions. The first, "Early Christian Churches", focuses on the design and decoration of churches in early centuries of Christianity. "Early Christian Cities and Dwellings", presents aspects of economic life, domestic handicrafts, houses, and food and clothing of early Christians, and finally, "From the Elysian Fields to the Christian Paradise" focuses on cemeteries of early Christians, jewellery, sepulchral architecture and painting, cult customs, and clay and glass objects recovered from excavated graves.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gallery of Fine Arts

5) Gallery of Fine Arts

The Gallery of Fine Arts is situated in the building of the National Theater, which is itself a work of art. In general, Thessaloniki's street architecture has absorbed many elements of Byzantine culture. The Gallery of Fine Arts features both Greek and international painters.
Kalfayan Galleries

6) Kalfayan Galleries

Kalfayan Galleries opened first in Athens and then in Thessaloniki, the second largest city of the country. Here you can admire the works of contemporary Greek and foreign artists, including those from the Middle East. The gallery also hosts photo exhibitions.

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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
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
Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki is famous for its heavenly delicious pastries. It is impossible to leave the city without visiting its bakeries, whose scents are simply too hard to resist. Some of these bakeries are legendary and the locals buy their stuff by the kilogram. Take our tour to taste the unforgettable, mouth-watering delights lovingly baked in Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
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: 5.1 km
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
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Thessaloniki for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Thessaloniki has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Thessaloniki, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.