Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia

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  • 1. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    The unpretentious, single-story white structure gives no hint from the outside of the treasures within. A superb collection of artifacts from...Read More

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  • 2. White Tower

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    The city's most famous landmark, and a symbol of Macedonia, the White Tower is the only medieval defensive tower left standing along the seafront...Read More

  • 3. Arch of Galerius

    Kentro | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The imposing kamára (arch) is one of a number of monuments built by Galerius around AD 305, during his reign as co-emperor of Diocletian's...Read More

  • 4. Atatürk Museum

    Kentro | House/Mansion/Villa

    The soldier and statesman who established the Republic of Turkey and became its president, Atatürk (Mustafa Kemal) was born here in 1881. He...Read More

  • 5. Athonos Square

    Kentro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    A warren of side streets around a tiny square with a fountain is filled with tavernas and crafts stores. The area is frequently referred to...Read More

  • 6. Ayia Sofia

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The founding date of this church, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the focal point of the city's Easter and Christmas celebrations, has been...Read More

  • 7. Ayios Dimitrios

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Magnificent and covered in mosaics, this five-aisle basilica is Greece's largest church and a powerful tribute to the patron saint of Thessaloniki...Read More

  • 8. Ayios Panteleimon

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A prime example of 14th-century Macedonian religious architecture, Ayios Panteleimon is an eye-catching church that draws you in to take a closer...Read More

  • 9. Church of the Metamorphosis

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This sunken church, part of which is (as the name would suggest) below ground level, is an example of 14th-century Macedonian ecclesiastical...Read More

  • 10. Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    Among the displays in this museum dedicated to the history of the local Jewish community are tombstones from the city's ancient necropolis,...Read More

  • 11. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    A large and expanding permanent collection of Greek and foreign works, as well as an eclectic selection of temporary shows, are on exhibit....Read More

  • 12. Memorial to Grigoris Lambrakis

    Kentro | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    If you've read the 1966 novel Z by Vassilis Vassilikos (or seen the 1969 Costas-Gavras film about the murder of Lambrakis, a leftist member...Read More

  • 13. Modiano Market

    Kentro | Market/Bazaar

    Overhauled in 1922 by the Sephardic architect Eli Modiano, this old landmark is basically a rectangular building with a glass roof and pediment...Read More

  • 14. Museum of Byzantine Culture

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    Much of the country's finest Byzantine art—priceless icons, frescoes, sculpted reliefs, jewelry, glasswork, manuscripts, pottery, and coins...Read More

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  • 15. Panagia Acheiropoietos

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The name Achiropiitos means "made without hands" and refers to the icon representing the Virgin that miraculously appeared in this 5th-century...Read More

  • 16. Panagia Chalkeon

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The name Chalkeon comes from the word for copper, and the beautiful "Virgin of the Copper Workers" stands in what is still the traditional...Read More

  • 17. Roman Forum

    Kentro | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The forum in the ancient agora, or market, dates back to the end of the 2nd century AD. The small amphitheater here, which hosted public celebrations...Read More

  • 18. Rotunda

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Also known as Ayios Giorgios, this brickwork edifice has become a layered monument to the city's rich history. Built in AD 306, it was probably...Read More

  • 19. Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    This moody box of experimental and conceptual art, inside a remodeled warehouse on Thessaloniki's port, features a wide range of new-media art...Read More

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