Highlights of Thessaloniki
This is a fascinating half-day excursion to
Thessaloniki’s most popular landmarks.
Our first stop is for photos at the White Tower on the
seafront promenade, the paralia.
The tower is the city’s most famous monument,
was built in 1430 and houses Byzantine icons and
historical displays on its several floors.
It is a majestic symbol of Thessaloniki.
We then have an hour to explore the Byzantine
Museum, an incredible collection of artifacts from the
early Christian period onwards, including sculpture,
mosaics, painted tombs, embroidered fabrics and
Our itinerary then takes us past the International Trade
Fair grounds and the Aristotelion University toward the
Citadel, where we have a superb panoramic view of
the city, Mt. Olympus and Thermaic Gulf beyond.
From here we drive to the 5th century Basilica of St.
Demetrius, the largest church in Greece, which houses
an impressive display of mosaics and the crypt where
Demetrius was confined.
On our return to the ship we drive past the Arch of
Galerius and St. George’s Rotonda.
The arch was built in 303 to commemorate the victory
of Galerius over the Persians in 297 A.C., and it is
chiseled with scenes of the battle.
Just north of the arch stands the massive Rotonda,
which historians believe was constructed as a mausoleum for Galerius.
St Paul arrived in Thessaloniki to preach on his
Second Missionary in 49 AD.
And his letter to Thessalonians was addressed to a
church here the following year.