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Arch of Galerius, Thessaloniki

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One of the city's most important and intriguing landmarks, the remains of Arch of Galerius provide a glimpse into Greece's long and fascinating history. The triumphal structure was built in the 4th century and today three of the eight pillars survive along with the masonry cores of the arches. Roman Emperor Galerius commissioned the monument to celebrate his victory over the Persians, and to this day you can witness scenes of the war on the remaining marble slabs. Spend some time interpreting the depictions and soak up the lively atmosphere of this popular meeting spot. There are a number of bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions in the area. Plan to see Arch of Galerius and other attractions that appeal to you using our Thessaloniki vacation builder.
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  • Arch of Gelarius is located quite close to the city center of Thessaloniki. It could be described as one of most obvious remnants of the ancient Greek period in Thessaloniki. I was amazed by the delic...  more »
  • greeks generally undervalue their Roman heritage - this is a major piece of monumental archticture and deserves a visit, which is easy as it is in the city centre  more »
  • Why should I read on to understand the value and role of the arch? While there have been several tasks and digital representation of the palace complex of Galerius, none of this is tapped. Not enough allowed managers with criminal way the concreting of the ancients, their indifference to what is left is if anything provocative. Anyone who visits the arc can not see that it was part of a more complex structure that housed the intersection of two roads. The vertical axis connecting the Rotunda with the Palace. Instead sees a place where given ranteboydakia and each pained expresses opposition to ... (put you whatever you want) affirming (another right that allows the desecration of the wider historical region). The arch is the black of the carpets from wear and kakogoystias and debased quality mentality with which we face our past history. In Rome the ancient market attracts and economic growth because they do just the opposite by us: Respect and some history.
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  • Really unforgettable experience. Here we can find the remains of a great arch which stands as a symbol of victory. Arch is made of stone which contains many sculptural works.
  • Build for celebrating the glorious campaings of emperor Galerius! The frieze of it shows figures and many animals (elephants and camels... Today only the half of it survives.... but it remains the meeting point for all the resindets
  • Worth a stop by on your way to the Byzantine Rotunda. Easy to find. Not the greatest thing in Thessaloniki, but its near a lot of other stuff so worth seeing on the way.
  • Impressive arch which still remains from antiquity. Weathering has washed away the details but it's quite an experience to walk around this arch and all the details.
  • The arch and the street right opposite of it (Navarinou street which leads to the sea of you want to take a nice relaxing walk) is the place to go if you want to socialize, to buy rock/metal/gothic/hippy accessories and clothes, perfume, etcetera. There are so much more about this place though (you can get a tattoo or a piercing also). Make sure to pay it and Navarinou street (as people call it) a visit while you're in Thessaloniki!

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