The Palace of Galerius
The Palace of Galerius
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tsvetelinat13201
Plovdiv, Bulgaria51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I saw in on the third day of my trip to Thessaloniki. It is poses near the coast.It has an imformative signboard. On it you can see the restoration of the Galerius' s palace.
Written 15 January 2024
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Unlike the Rotunda and the Arch, not much remains to see of Galerius' palace. The ruins were closed, but signs with additional information could be seen inside. It is located in the very center of the city and there are many stray cats that apparently live inside
Written 6 March 2023
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CydnHank
Chicago, IL151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We would have loved to explore these ruins, but the gates were closed. We did circle the site and could see that that there were some signs describing the buildings and other spaces that have been excavated.
Written 5 March 2023
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Am_et_Mat
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The archeological site is right in the middle of the city.
Preservation of this site is a challenge but it gives you a good overview of the huge palace, very closed to the sea.
Thessaloniki is a museum!!
Written 18 February 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The Palace of Galerius was built in the decades around 300AD by Roman Tetrarch Valerianus Maximianus Galerius who ruled the eastern part of the Roman Empire from 293-311 AD. Galarius gained power after he defeated the Persians in 299AD, a victory celebrated by the Triumphal Arch of Galarius. He chose Thessaloniki for his palace as it was a large port city between Rome (capital of the Western Roman Empire) and New Rome-Constantinople (capital of the Eastern Roman Empire). The palace complex was built on a straight line from the Rotunda (at the northeast) through the Triumphal Arch through the Palace, and finally to the Hippodrome (horse-racing arena) on the southwest by the sea. Extensive archaeological excavations were done in the last half of the 20th century. The palace contained multiple buildings, the remains of which are visible in a giant sunken open-air museum on Navarinou Square. Significant ruins include:
-- Apsidal Hall: the palace triclinium (banquet hall)
-- Basilica: the luxuriously decorated reception and audience hall
-- Palace baths
-- Octagon: audience hall or throne room (later converted to church)
-- Water reservoir: two stories
-- Central building complex: rooms with mosaics built around an atrium

As I wandered around the site, I was impressed by its sheer size, the construction effort, and the skill of the architects, engineers and artists who created this monumental statement of power and wealth. An information center for the Galerian Palace is located near the site of Apsidal Hall, at the intersection of Dimitriou Gounari and Alexandrou Svolou Streets. This sunken (air conditioned) space contains superb interpretive exhibits (in Greek and English). A computer-generated film of the re-constructed palace is shown continuously (I found this very helpful to understand what I was seeing as I viewed various elements of the Palace ruins). The Palace ruins at Navarinou Square are open from 9am to 4pm every day except Monday, with no entry fee. The open site has little shade, so a hat, water and sturdy footwear is recommended.
Written 3 February 2020
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Stefanos B
Thessaloniki, Greece181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Part of the Galerius Palce Complex together with Rotunda, Arch of Galerius, Octagon and Hippodrome. Roman Emperor Galerius made Thessaloniki his capital (there were three other Tetrarchs) and built these huge buildings . They are all very near so you can visit all of them easily. In this area there are many street shops , restaurants with delicious food.
Written 7 January 2020
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Alan Y
Limassol City, Cyprus162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Walking down from the magnificent Rotunda towards the sea, one comes across the Arch of Galerius and, a little later, the remains of the rest of the palace complex of the emperor Galerius. When we visited we met Maria, one of the many friendly custodians employed in Thessaloniki's museums and historical sites. The complex must have been quite spectacular when newly constructed. It has been sympathetically treated by the excavators - anything newly done (interventions) within the extensive complex can be clearly seen above the white band - original remains are below. The mosaics have been covered over (apart from in one area) to conserve them, so aren't able to be viewed. The rebuilding has been copied as it would have been built originally and the same materials which would originally been used have been utilised. There's a very good web site which I highly recommend clicking on which explains what was here and how the excavators went about their task. It's well worth the hour or so it takes to wander around and read the interesting signs provided. The hippodrome which also existed here would have covered an extensive area, but is only fragmentarily preserved.
Written 26 November 2019
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cookpias
Los Angeles, CA1,673 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
As you stroll down the street toward the waterfront, you may see the ruins of a Roman Emperor's palace, which you should stop to study from the sidewalk. Pretty impressive for something that is just on the side of the road!
Written 25 September 2019
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RodDeeRoads
Dublin Ireland131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Like the Roman Forum, this archaeological site is amazing. A huge amount of excavation has been done to reveal the vastness of the emperor's palace and seat of power in the city. The fact that he made the palace his main base for his part of the Roman Empire resulted in Thessaloniki becoming a hugely important and powerful city in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Romans certainly knew how to impress its friends and terrify it's enemies and this palace would have achieved both objectives easily. The Palace was the centrepiece of a much larger complex which included the Arch and Rotunda (see separate reviews) but also encompassed a huge hippodrome, used for chariot racing and games, and other buildings. The Palace included a temple/basilica and, most importantly, the Octagon. This was Galerius' throne room and the excavations have uncovered enough to give you a strong flavour of what it must have been like in Roman times... just half close your eyes and let your imagination roam !
Written 1 August 2019
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RMSMR
113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
It was my favourite place in thessaloniki. Here I decided that I'd like to live in thessaloniki and I want an apartment looking at ruins. Nice place, shops, cafeterias, wonderful atmosphere.
Written 12 June 2019
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