Arch of Galerius, Thessaloniki

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. To visit Arch of Galerius and other attractions in Thessaloniki, use our Thessaloniki travel route app.
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  • Out on the main street - very well preserved given the history of the city (!) and on a direct walk up one of the main streets from the sea front.  more »
  • The Arch of Galerius is at the intersection of Egnatia & Dimitriou Gounari streets. Galerius was a Roman tetrarch who ruled the eastern Roman empire from 293 - 311AD. The arch was dedicated in 303.....  more »
  • Galerius was a Roman emperor from 305 to 311 .After his successful campaign against the Persians in 299 AD,he chose Thessaloniki as one of the capitals of the province.The arch of Galerius is near.....  more »
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  • One of the most known touristic monuments in Thessaloniki. Its presence state that the entire city used to be a gigantic fortress for people inside but a gigantic fortress for enemies as well. It is located in the heart of Thessaloniki providing breathtaking photos to anyone who wanna learn what it was like back then. An amazing sighting , a well preserved one by the locals.
  • This is indeed a Monumental structure in every sense. It marked the intersection where the street that linked the Galerius Palace and the Roman Rotunda crossed over the Via Egnatia, the Roman road linking the Adriatic coast to Constantinople (Istanbul). The fact that Galerius designed the Via Egnatia to go straight through the city of Thessaloniki demonstrates the importance that he attributed to the city. The part of the Arch that still exists today gives a very good flavour for what the full archway must have looked like... In a word, magnificent. Take a close look at the carvings in the marble facade. They depict some of the many wars that Emperor Galerius waged. These ones primarily relate to his battles with the Persians. Given that they are more than 1700 years old, they are in superb condition. It is a shame that the original complete Arch no longer exists but what remains is wonderful. This was made to impress and it does.
  • This monument is superb, just gorgeous..! the detail is exquisite. Oh, and it of course makes for a wonderfully easy meeting spot :)
  • Beautiful arch with very interesting murals on it. If you have a guide or a guide book, I'd recommend listening to different things which are shown on the arch.
  • You will find the locals meeting up and hanging out here. You might even be able to enjoy some homegrown music performances. It’s a real magnet for young people at night.

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