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“The old watch tower, turned prison, turned museum is the emblem of Thessaloniki.”
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History Museum
“For many the most important of the city’s museums, as Thessaloniki is arguably the city that has the most intense Byzantine character and beauty. The museum is housed in modern facilities that include advanced, well-organized conservation laboratories and storerooms. Hundreds of unique exhibits and artifacts throughout the entire Byzantine period are displayed in several different rooms. It has a rather imposing atmopshere while the presentations are well organized and informative. Discovering Thessaloniki’s Byzantine past It is divided in several different thematic sections and collections that cover a wide time period of the city’s Byzantine past. Wonderful mosaics and wall paintings, Byzantine icons and religious architecture, impressive jewellery, rare books and scripts await you there. A café restaurant, a small amphitheater and a separate section that hosts outdoor exhibitions are some of the extra features available for the visitors. It is considered one of the best designs of public architecture in Greece, as it successfully combines the Greek architectural heritage with modern elements while using modern materials in a really clever way. The Museum of Byzantine Culture has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize for the year 2005. For years it remains one of the favorite destinations of the city for the majority of the visitors! For info concerning the main, reduced and combined tickets click here: MBC Tickets Catalogue. You won’t have a hard time finding the museum as it is right next to the Archaeological museum in the center of the city.”
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History Museum
“An incredible collection of historical artefacts in the heart of Thessaloniki.”
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History Museum
“Built in 306 A.D. by the romans, Rotunda is one of the oldest religious sites of the city. Going back to the late 3rd century A.D., after a number of long devastating wars, the romans decided to divide the Empire into 4 regions, each with its own provinces , thus leading to the creation of a new form of leadership, the Tetrarchy. The administrative needs of the Tetrarchy led Galerius to the construction of the Imperial complex in Thessaloniki because of its importance as one of the capitals, after he came into power being one of the 4 rulers. Galerius Arch (kamara) and Rotunda were basic elements of the palatial complex. Original intensions were predicting its use as a mausoleum, although many archaeologists believe it was initially used as a roman temple. The dimensions of the main structure are quite impressive. Unique mosaics and Roman architecture A central dome (30m high) crowns the structure while the original design was implementing an “Occulus” similar to the one in Pantheon, Rome. A beautifully decorated street, filled with columns was connecting this important cylindrical building to the triumphal Arch in the south. It was turned into a Christian temple around 400 A.D., while decorated at the same time with some wonderful paleo-christian mosaics depicting saints and martyrs. The mosaics that decorate the inside of the building are truly impressive! They have wonderful details and bright colors that surprise most visitors The unusually thick walls of the building reveal the reason rotunda survived a number of devastating earthquakes throughout the centuries. Despite being a Christian temple for 1200 years, it was converted into a mosque in 1590 A.D., during the Ottoman occupation period. Today several discussions are being held regarding its use as a museum, or a church. In December 18, 2015 Rotonda reopened its doors to the public after extended restoration and preservation work, so nowdays everyone will have the chance to enjoy the monument and get a glimpse of its old glory. All around the monument you will discover several places to eat or drink, including coffee shops, little taverns and cozy bars. Because of its location next to the Aristotle University, the place is filled with college students, while the prices are more than reasonable. ”
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Museum
“Rare items & private collections The museum hosts a great number of several important and rare exhibits some of which have come from private collections. The place is a sanctuary to all the true lovers of cinema. Visitors will have the chance to see how the cinema initially started in Greece, the early first efforts of filming and producing a movie, and of course to learn more about the Golden Era of the ’60s.”
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Museum
“Inside this beautiful building located in Agiou Mina St. in the center of the city, you will find important information about the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki expressed through photographic exhibitions and rare historical objects. The unique Sephardic heritage of Thessaloniki The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki was founded to honour the rich and creative Sephardic heritage as it evolved in the city after the 15th century. Consequent to the horrible expulsion from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, Jews began to arrive in the safe haven of the city in big numbers bringing with them an awareness of Renaissance culture and languages of the Western Mediterranean. Skills such as printing, cartography, medicinal sciences and knowledge of contemporary weaponry made the Iberian Jews an asset to the Ottomans. Very rapidly, Sephardic creativity in Thessaloniki reached high point in the 16th century. The city provided a climate of tolerance and economic stability. The Museum is housed in one of the rare Jewish structures that survived the fire of 1917. Located in the very heart of Thessaloniki, this imposing building has at times housed the Bank of Athens and the offices of the Jewish newspaper “L’ Independent” and is a silent witness to the great Jewish presence that once filled its streets with the language of Cervantes, redolent with the odours of the kitchens of Seville and Toledo, silent from Friday to Saturday during Shabbat. The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki is the keeper of Jewish Heritage and culture. The library houses important texts that were printed in Thessaloniki from the 16th to the 20th century, covering almost every aspect of Jewish life, religious and secular. The library acts also as a repository for books on the history, customs and language of the Sephardi Jews. Adjacent to it is an audio-visual center, in which visitors will be able to watch and research tapes and films documenting Jewish history and culture. The Museum provides special educational programs for schools and is involved in a number of other activities. It is one of the most important places devoted to the many ethnic communities that shaped the city’s modern identity. It attracts visitors from all over the world while it is in a walkable distance to many other worth seeing places in the center of Thessaloniki. The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki is one of the favorite destinations for most visitors of Jewish origin. Many people from all over the world visit it every year. A different, extremely interesting view to the rich, multicultural past of Thessaloniki. ”
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History Museum
“The Museum of Macedonian Struggle is located in the center of Thessaloniki in a beautiful Neoclassical bulding of the late 19th century, originally designed by Ernst Ziller. The museum is run by the Foundation of the Museum for the Macedonian Struggle. The most important exhibits are several uniforms, personal objects of the leaders of the Macedonian Struggle and of course, the weaponry. There are more than 1350 contemponary pictures, maps, newspapers, paintings and books. Museum of Macadonian Struggle Thessaloniki The museum’s foundation has created the Macedonian History Research Center that offers to researchers and anyone interested access to its archives, sophisticated library and digital databases. It also publishes several scientific and historic studies whileo oganizing conferences and workshops that focus on the Macedonian Issue and the wider region history. On the first floor there is an audio-visual introduction devoted to the history of Macedonia. In the basement the visitor can watch scenes from the Struggle and life at the beginnings of the 20th century. Museum themes and activities There are seven different rooms grouped as follows: Macedonia before the outbreak of the Struggle The Struggle in Western Macedonia The people’s role during the Struggle The Strunggle in the central and eastern Macedonia The Strunggle in the Yannitsa Marshes The events in Macedonia after the revolution of the Young Turks The museum also offers several other activities like some really interesting educational games, public guided tours and a lending department of photographic displays and video films. The Metropolitan Temple of Saint Grigorios Palamas and The Macedonian Struggle Crypt are located right next to the museum! If you are hungry or thirsty, you can walk along Koromila street or the coastal avenue Leoforos Nikis. Both destinations are full of bars, restaurants, fast food and cafes! ”
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Museum
“At the heart of the modern city, at the center of Thessalonikilies a museum that is literally hidden in plain sight, waiting to be discovered! ”
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Museum
“The War Museum of Thessaloniki is a military museum first opened to the public in 2000. The museum was designed by the famous Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli while it was built between 1900-1902. ”
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Museum
“White Tower Museum, a Museum devoted to the city and its people. Entering the White Tower and the museum located inside it, we soon realize that we are in the heart of the city. Through the presentation of features that help us understand Thessaloniki through time, such as the city’s urban character and its people, the exhibition focuses on important moments and aspects of the city’s life.”
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Museum
“An impressive sample of Eclectic Architecture by famous architect Vitaliano Poselli”
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Museum
“The Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki is one of the most beautiful and important museums of the city”
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History Museum
“A museum about the ancient history of Greece. It shows exhibits of all periods of the ancient history. Great cafe with the beautiful garden for relaxing after the visit.”
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Museum
“Excellent exhibitions (also, the cafe & restaurant is very family-friendly)”
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