en.infoglobe.cz » Greece, Thessaloniki – Beautiful Corner of Greece II.

Greece, Thessaloniki – Beautiful Corner of Greece II.

Published: 11.9.2015
Last time, we wandered around the best beaches you can find near Thessaloniki. Unfortunately, these are not as close for you to reach it on foot. However, beautiful environment should do.

Today, we stay in Thessaloniki and we will see some historical sights. One of the spectacular sights dating back to the Roman empire is the Arch of Galerius . The emperor Galerius built it in 298 AD to commemorate his campaign against the Sasanian empire.

Galeriův oblouk, v pozadí rotunda

Marble plastics are preserved good enough to recognize the scenes they depict. Notice that height of the Persian troops is lesser than of the Roman emperor and his soldiers. The emperor’s figure dominates the plastics. Also, his mercifulness towards his enemies is emphasized.

Galeriův oblouk

The Victory arch is far from being the only remnant of the Roman empire. The Roman rule spanned from the mid-2nd century BC to the fall of the empire. Close to the arch is a rotund built in the 4th century. This makes it one o the oldest religious buildings in the city.

The main dome reaches up to 30 meters. It is very similar to the Pantheon in Rome. The rotund and the Arch of Galerius were connected by a beautiful column-lined street. Unfortunately, almost nothing is preserved and the street looks ordinary today. The rotund was rebuilt into a Christian temple around the year 400. The empire’s official religion had been Christianity for several decades back then already. Later, when the territory was conquered by the Ottomans, the rotund was rebuilt again. This time it became a mosque. Some of beautiful mosaics are preserved from the arly Christian period. Thick walls of the rotund made it survive many large earthquakes.

rotunda

Couple of streets down the road will get you on Aristotle’s square , the center of the city. Its contemporary form is fair recent. It was shaped only in the 1950s by the design of the French architect Ernest Hébrard.

Aristotelovo náměstí

Forum Romanum used to be on the place in the times of ancient Rome. The square had many arches and fountains, and a mosaic pavement. People gathered there and listened to speeches and so on. Also, note partially preserved undergraound corridors. Should you decide to go down there and reach their end you would find a museum. It is small and not that popular but it is truly unique due to its location.

To be continued...

GPS: 40°37'56.8"N 22°56'27.3"E

 

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photo: Wikipedia.org: Tony Bowden, Testus, George M. Groutas, ActFee, Fingalo



Discussion at the article (0)


Related Articles

Greece, Thassos Island – Limenaria, Potos
Published: 11.8.2018
An island with a history dating back to the early Stone Age was only discovered in the 1970s-80s. Today, it is a popular holiday destination not only for the mainland, Romanians, Bulgarians and the inhabitants of the former Yugoslavia, who are almost overwater here, but Thassos is stuck in the viewfinder to tourists beyond the borders of Europe. The most popular places include southern Limenaria and Potos.

Greece, Sparta – The City of King Leonidas
Published: 25.9.2015
We return to Greece again to see another less known place. Well, more or less...

Greece, Thessaloniki - Beautiful Place in Greece
Published: 4.9.2015
Today we visit Greece's forgotten corner.

Greece: Samos – Birthplace of Pythagoras
Published: 11.5.2015
One of the most popular holiday resorts in recent years has been Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of famous Pythagoras. What reason stands behind large numbers of tourists coming there between June and first half of September? There are actually couple of them!

Greece: Kos – Hippokrates’ Island
Published: 14.10.2013
Kos is one of many Greek islands. It is a popular destination not only for Czech tourists. It is located in the Aegean Sea near the Turkis shores near the Bay of Koss. It is a small island – it is 45 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. The shore is 112 kilometers long.

Greece, Crete: A Trip to the Largest Greek Island I
Published: 25.7.2014
After several articles on London we jump across Europe to the Mediterranean, actually to the east part of the sea. Today we will have a taste of sun after rains of London, and warm waters of the Sea of Crete.

Greece, Crete: Trip to the Largest Greek Island II.
Published: 1.8.2014
Last week we have lured to you to our trip to Crete. This hilly island hides many things, no healthy tourist would miss that. Today we will take a look on one of the largest cities of Crete, Rethymno. First, we will talk about local cuisine. Next week will visit some landmarks.

Greece, Crete: A Trip to the Largest Greek Island III.
Published: 8.8.2014
After unveiling gourmet side of the Cretan city rise from the comfortable sitting in one of the local restaurants and we will explore the historical legacy left by several millennia of human habitation.

Greece, Crete: Trip to the Largest Greek Island IV
Published: 15.8.2014
In Rethymno we have already spent a lot of time. We saw something of its historic heritage, even if there is yet much more to see. We just randomly mention some of them.

Greece, Crete: A Trip on the Largest Greek Island V
Published: 22.8.2014
We left Rethymno. It slowly fades behind us. We travel towards Cretan nature in the Samaria gorge.

Greece, Crete: Trip to the Large Greek Island VI
Published: 29.8.2014
After Samaria we move today to Agios Nikolaos.

Greece, Crete: Trip to the Largest Greek Island VII
Published: 5.9.2014
Last look at Agios Nikolaos and a trip to Spinalonga.

Greece, Crete: A Trip to the Largest Greek Island VIII
Published: 12.9.2014
In today’s article we say farewell to Crete. This farewell is will be more in historc manner for we visit the most important landmark in the island – the palace of Knossos.

Greece: Zakynthos – the journey cross turtle island I.
Published: 19.9.2011
Local people don´t call the island other way than tell Zante. This home of giant tortoises, not about a typical Greek island with countless historical monuments, but if you will go there, you spend nice a very pleasant holiday, at which you will surely like to remember.

Greece: Zakynthos - The Journey Cross Turtle Island II.
Published: 3.10.2011
In the first part of our journey across the island of Zakynthos, I suggested that this place is indeed an ideal holiday destination, but there are not too many attractions. It is waste to invite every lovers of ancient architecture, because frequent earthquakes destroyed everything in the past, what could be kept from the time of Homer.

Greece: Zakynthos - The Journey Cross Turtle Island III.
Published: 17.10.2011
The third part of our little serial about the island we will finish by its greatest attraction is beach, where in 1980 wrecked smuggler ship.

Greece: Zakynthos - The Journey Cross Turtle Island IV.
Published: 31.10.2011
The last and final part of our journey around the island we will finish in places where I had the opportunity to spend summer holidays - Limni Keri.

Greece: Kos - To Visit Asklepios I.
Published: 13.10.2014
I go up a moderate hill to reach Asklepion where Hippocrates had his “office”. How Asklepios became a god? It was like this: Appollo, a god of health, wanted to teach his son Asklepios. He perfected heiling powers and thus became the god of medicine.

Rhodos Town - Old Quarters And New Town I.
Published: 14.9.2012
The city with cultural traditions, with known rhetorical school (attended by Cicero and Caesar) and the famous sculptural school. Ever since its foundation (408 BC) the capital of the island is Rhodos, lies in whose northern tip.

Greece: Cradle Of Civilization In An Azure Sea
Published: 14.4.2012
The fashion is to fly to exotic countries and bring home the images of white beaches. Paradise of islands, beaches and beautiful nature hides a much closer - in Europe. Greece is a country, that you can´t know during one summer vacation - you'll want to come back again and again.

Greece: Kos – To See God Asklepios II.
Published: 20.10.2014
There was a large testing staircase in the center of Asklepion. To ensure good reputation of the hospital, the patients were supposed to walk up the stairs to the sanctuary without any help. If some died, they removed his body quietly in the night so nobody would see it...

Greece: Kos – Following the Steps of Hippocrates I
Published: 29.9.2014
Today we travel to Greek island of Kos. I met there Iva, a nice Czech, so we travel together. On the ship are all kinds of nationalities – French, Italians, Germans, English, Hungarians and us, Czechs! It is funny that I understand almost everyone yet they don’t have a clue. Our journey is pleasant. It takes around 50 minutes.

Greece: Kos – Following the Traces of Hippocrates II.
Published: 6.10.2014
Based on Hippocrates the present Hippocratic oath was formed. Right in a shop I buy a papyrus with full oath in Czech!

Greece, Island of Rhodos: Lindos – The Temple of Athena
Published: 9.5.2014
One of the most attractive places on Rhodos east coast is Lindos, a city built in the rock. It has a acropolis and the temple of Athena of Lindos. The knights of the order of Saint John built the greatest local landmark.


Related Photogallery

Greece: Magical Island of Corfu
Come with us to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the Ionic Sea. Corfu, 613,6 km² , is t...

Greece: The City of Rhodos
Rhodes - a town on the island in the Aegean Sea. Whether it was the island according to one or an...

Greece - Interesting Excursion To Greece Islands
Greece is well-known with its antique history. The country is surrounded with many greater and sm...

Greece - Lefkada
Lefkada forms a part from many islands, belonging to Greece. Its extent is not too big, coas...

Place

Czech republic

Partners:

We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017

 

Guide:

Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone

 

 

Today:sunday 7. 6. 2020
Holiday:Iveta/Slavoj
Today:
sunday 7.6.
16 °C
Tomorrow:
monday 8.6.
17 °C