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Rotunda
Rotunda

Rotunda

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Pl. Agiou Georgiou Rotonta 5, Thessaloniki 546 35, Greece
+30 231 020 4868
http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/2/gh251.jsp?obj_id=1812
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The Rotunda is one of the most important Roman monuments in Thessaloniki. It stands just next to the Arch of Galerius in the city centre and it is also known as the Church of Agios Georgios. This ... Read more
cylindrical structure was built in 306 AD by Galerius, who intented it to be his Mausoleum. However, when Galerius died in 311 AD, he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotunda. In the 14th century, the Ottomans occupied Thessaloniki and in 1590, the Rotonda was converted into a mosque. In fact, a minaret was added to the building that has been restored and survives till today. In 1912, the Greeks deliberated Thessaloniki and Rotunda was converted into an Orthodox church again, till 1979, when a strong earthquake caused serious damage to the structure. Presently, the Rotunda has been restored and is used as a sculpture museum.

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Galerius Rotunda

Just north of the Arch of Galerius is the Galerius Rotunda. Galerius built this hulking brick structure as his future mausoleum, though he never used it, dying in retirement in what is now Serbia instead. Constantine the Great made the Rotunda Thessaloniki's first church (Agiou Giorgou); the Ottomans would transform it into a mosque (the minaret's been mostly restored). There are surviving frescoes inside the enormous building.

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The church is majestic but the photos here have NOTHING to do with this monument. In fact the photos are not from somewhere here in Greece!!

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Rotunda is an amazing place but here's wrong picture of it...

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this is not rotonta in the picture...

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