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Rotunda of Galerius, Thessaloniki: 16 reviews and 36 photos


Rotonda is one of the more ancient and interesting buildings of Thessaloniki, built in the end of Roman times, at the end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th century AD. It is also an important monument of that era worldwide. It is built with bricks and was part of the palace complex of Galerius (293-310 AD). Its original use is not clear, possibly was a mausoleum or a temple of eastern deities.

In Byzantine times, emperor Theodossios (379-395 AD) was christened in Thessaloniki and turned the monument to a Christian church, making many architectural rearrangements. Rotonda was the cathedral church of Thessaloniki for more than 1100 years.

The dome has a diameter of 24.5m. The monument was decorated internally with colourful marbles and wall mosaics, and a part of them survived, equally important with the ones of Ravenna.

In 1590, during Turkish occupation, Rotonda was turned to Muslim mosque and a minaret was added.

Today Rotonda is the official church of the University of Thessaloniki, being used for ceremonies, honoured at the name of Saint George. It is also a museum.

Address: Agiou Georgiou square
Directions: At the top of Dimitriou Gounari street, 125m northeast of the Arch of Galerius
Phone: 2310213627

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  • Updated Jun 12, 2003
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