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What to see in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Attractions

Packed full of archaeological wonders, plus a wealth of early Christian, Roman and Byzantine relics, Thessaloniki truly is a treasure trove of attractions.

Its famous churches are among its greatest features. The Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios, the Church of Ayia Sofia, and the Rotonda of Saint George are must-sees.

Many of the Thessaloniki's monuments are UNESCO-listed heritage sites. Two popular and interesting landmarks are the Roman Forum, situated in the ancient Greek agora, and the White Tower, an iconic building with a long and bloody history. There are also world-class museums to be explored, including the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum, which is considered one of the best in Europe. Two other fascinating museums are the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki.

The areas just outside Thessaloniki also house incredible archaeological sites. Vergina - or ancient Aigai - holds the tomb of Alexander the Great's father, and was the place where the young Alexander grew up. Visitors can marvel at the ancient palace complex and theatre, as well as numerous royal tombs at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Athos, with its mysterious monasteries and rugged scenery is also close by, though only men are allowed to visit. A permit is necessary for this excursion. Travellers can hike up Mount Olympus.

Churches of Thessaloniki

Most of Thessaloniki's beautiful churches are situated along the quaint, narrow-cobbled streets of the Upper City area. They date from various eras, including Byzantine.

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Roman Forum

Close to one of the city's main bus terminals in Dikasterion Square lies the archaeological site of the ancient Greek agora or marketplace, which was later expanded to become a Roman Forum on two levels.…

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The White Tower

The city of Thessaloniki's most famous landmark, the White Tower, was originally built as part of the city walls to fortify the coast during Ottoman rule. It now stands, no longer quite white but still…

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Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum

The Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of the finest museums in Europe; it is near the famous White Tower and opposite the city's international fairgrounds. The museum houses a huge…

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