844 – Thessaloniki: Rotunda

Before a visit to the Holy Mountain, most Athos-pilgrims spend some days in the second large city of modern Greece, Thessaloniki. The modern city has some interesting old monuments and churches. One of the most important monuments is the Rotunda, build as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Galerius and it became a Christian church for the Saint Georgios in 400.

37_athos_2007_saloniki_nabij_rotu_2

30_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

In 1591 it became a mosk.

34_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

With moslim gravestones scattered around,
32_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

but also with a Jewish gravestone dating from 1904 (5664).
31_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

Today the building is a museum.
29_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

33_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

If I remember correctly, the Rotunda was closed since the 1980-ies, so I was suprized that after many years, I was able to visit the interiour of the building in 2007,

28_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda_2

24_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda
although restauration was still in progress and a only few mozaiks could be found:

25_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

26_athos_2007_saloniki_rotunda

Wim, 2-8

This entry was posted in basic information/reservations. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to 844 – Thessaloniki: Rotunda

  1. Dimitris says:

    Do you know by any chance if it is possible to obtain the Robert Byron book anywhere? I can’t seem to find it because it is out of print for decades..

  2. ANTONIS says:

    Iam interested to visit agion OROS
    Holly MOUNTAIN in Thesalloniki
    What do I have to do
    What number shall I call for permit?
    Shall I just get there and get permit to enter
    Many greetings
    Antonis

  3. Wim says:

    Antonis, call 0030-2310-252578, the Pilgrims Bureau in Thessaloniki and make a reservation. For more info look here: http://abacus.bates.edu/~rallison/friends/PilgrimsGuide/guide_planning.html and our basic info category.
    Good luck! Wim

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s