Temple and Catacomb of St John the Baptist, Thessaloniki

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  • In a garden in the city centre there is a small church which is not visible. Worth a little walk to do and to see the small interior of which is down the road.
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  • Just across the road from back side of st. Sophia church, below the street level is a fantastic, calm and cosy garden with modern church above the ancient catacomb. The church is closed in the afterno...  read more »
  • With one of the most beautiful gardens in the Centre of Thessaloniki, close to the Hagia Sophia, and to a point that is not easily visible, at a lower level than the street, is another Temple of John the Baptist. The intersection of Mackenzie King Street, Pavlou Mela and kite, downtown, a green oasis, a garden in which leading marble stairs with strong signs of wear, remnants of the past, transports the visitor into another era, back in time. Particular the Temple in shape, after the interventions that have been made, with the right wall made of glass that allows light to pass inside. The tank that exists on the site belongs to Roman building (Nymphaeum). May was an early Christian baptistery of the Church that was there before they built the Ag. Sophia. Beneath the courtyard there is a corridor and two basements, tunnels, or caches, which were discovered in 1892 by the owners of the land. In one of them there is a small spring. In the middle of the courtyard are the ruins of a Byzantine Church which seemed very with the Rotunda of course smaller--which also was built on the ruins of an ancient temple. Also supported that point of the temple and of the galleries was probably next on stage in Thessaloniki, where martyr and the Patron Saint Demetrius. Indeed according to other theories, the Agios Dimitrios acted in these catacombs which later formed the jail before transported to the Crypt to be executed. They say that the fire of 1917, which destroyed the greater part of Thessaloniki, the only intact part of the city was this just the Church along with pictures that John Baptist. It is a point in the center of the city that deserves more than an attitude!
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