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“Impressive Round Building”
Review of Rotunda

Rotunda
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Thessaloniki City Tour
Ranked #9 of 112 things to do in Thessaloniki
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

This impressive round building is one of the famous places in Thessaloniki. It is the oldest Thessaloniki's church, and maybe the oldest Christian church in the world.
The Rotunda was built in 306 AD by Galerius, the Roman Emperor, probably as a temple of Zeus or as a mausoleum of Galerius. Then it was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Holy Bodiless Powers. Then the Rotunda was turned into a mosque. A towering minaret added at those times survives today. Today the Rotunda is a historical monument.
I would recommend going in for a while, so worth it. The entrance fee is €2. Inside you see the impressive mosaic originated from the 5th c. You are allowed to do photos. Amazing place, must-see when you visit Thessaloniki.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is another interesting piece in Thessaloniki and seeing how this church changed over the years from various religions to like pagan religion to Christian religion over the many cultures that took it over.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

As this was the oldest building in Thessaloniki and likened to the glorious Pantheon in Rome, I wanted to visit during our brief full day in this wonderful, lively town. There is a melancholic atmosphere which pervades this ancient beauty, who has survived the ravages of time, becoming a Christian church then a mosque, with a tall minaret outside. Along with the fading mosaics inside, this circular domed building, a haunting mood is created. We had taken our young daughter to see the Pantheon twenty-two years ago. How wonderful to be with her to see this ancient building now!

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank 16R25D
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Unfortunately it wasn't open when we arrived. We walked around it to see it's architecture and it looks amazing. It looks better than the other churches in Thessaloniki.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

It was built c. AD 306 in the reign of Galerius caesar , either as temple of Zeus or Kabeiros or as the Emperor's mausoleum. During the fifth century , the christians carried out the necessary changes and re-configurations to convert the building into a church , which they dedicated to the Asomatoi (Archangels).

The original structure , has a diameter of 24.5 m.. The walls were 6.30 m. thick and interrupted in the interior by eight rectangular bays, the south bay forming the main entrance. A massive brick dome, 30m. high at the top crowned the whole building.

Rotunda was converted into a mosque in 1590/1 by sheikh Suleyman Hortaji Effendi who gaves his own name to his new foundation.

Since 1988 it has been one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tickets:
Full: €2, Reduced: €1

Open

Winter:
Mondays: Closed
Thuesday-Friday: 8.00-17.00
Saturday-Sunday: 8.00-15.00

Summer:
Mondays: Closed
Daily: 8.00-20.00

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank CHRTEME
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