The White Tour, its museums, the Church of Aghios Demetrios… Thessaloniki has so much to offer to its visitors that will make their experience in the city unforgettable! Read our guide to find out more about the most important monuments of Thessaloniki.
Built in the early 60s based on architect Karantinos’ designs, this museum gathered all scattered archaeological collections of Thessaloniki. Recently renovated, it hosts a permanent exhibition that includes prehistoric, classical, Hellenistic and Roman antiquities found in the city and in the wider area of Macedonia, as well as other temporary exhibitions. If you wish to truly learn more about the history of Thessaloniki, do not miss out on the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum.
Museum Of Byzantine Culture
Designed by architect Krokos, it is a benchmark in modern Greek architecture. Along with the Archaeological Museum, it is one of the most special symbols of culture in Makedonia. Since its opening in 1994, it has been hosting paleochristian and Byzantine exhibits. Visit the Byzantine Museum
Museum for the Macedonian Struggle
It is housed in the neoclassical building at the corner of the Streets Pr. Koromila and Ag. Sofias, which during the last stage of the Ottoman occupation of Thessaloniki used to house the General Consulate of Greece. Designed by Tsiler, it was completed in 1893, however after the large earthquake of 1978 was renovated and was inaugurated in 1982 by the then President of the Hellenic Republic K. Karamanlis. Learn more.
It is the only of its kind in Greece and was inaugurated in 1997. It aims to take visitors to a journey through images, sounds and artifacts that are related to the seventh art. Since 2001, it is housed in Warehouse A of the Port of Thessaloniki. If you want to get off the beaten track, you should definitely visit
An overview of the history of Jews in Thessaloniki is presented in the museum that is housed in one of the few Jewish-owned properties that survived the great fire of 1917, at the heart of the commercial center of the city. Discover this special part of the history of Thessaloniki.
Palace of Galerius
A series of luxurious halls, part of a larger roman complex that also includes Kamara. Built by Galerios, who in the beginning of the 4th century AD attempted to establish Thessaloniki as the capital of his nation, it covers a large area of where today stands Navarinou square.
Built by the Ottomans right after the occupation of the city in 1430, it is one of the symbols of Thessaloniki. During the Ottoman occupation, it was known as “The Blood Tower” because it served as a prison and an execution site by the Janissaries, while its present name “White” was attributed to it during the 19th century. Since 1985 it has been operating as a museum.
The acropolis of Thessaloniki and the city’s last stand of defense. For a large part of the 20th century it served as the notorious prison Yedicule, a place of confinement and torture. Nowadays, the place no longer serves as a prison – the prison was transfered in 1989 – and has been restored and renovated.
Built in the 3rd century BC, this imposing circular structure served initially as a mausoleum, was later converted to a Christian church (initially it was dedicated to the Bodiless Angels and then to Aghios Georgios) and then to a mosque. It was the city’s official metropolis during the Ottoman occupation, while it also served as a museum.
It is located at the historical center of Thessaloniki at the boundaries of Ano Poli. It was brought into light in the beginning of the 60s and includes two large complexes, the Odeon at the east side and the Cryptoporticus passageway that is related to the worship of Aghios Demetrius.
Built in the early 8th century AD upon the ruins of a paleochristian basillica that was dominant in the center of the city, it is characterized by the impressive mosaics that decorate the dome and the niche of the Altar. During the Byzantine era, it was the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki Learn more about its interesting history.
Monastery of Vlatades
Built by Vlatades brothers at the end of the 14th century, it was the only Byzantine monastery that was preserved in Thessaloniki during the Ottoman occupation. Nowadays, a patriarchal stravropegial church and the site that hosts the Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies, it offers a unique view to the city from its gardens.
Cyril & Methodius Church
Dedicated to the Greek brothers and monks who were among the missionaries sent to evangelize the Slavic people and who devised the first Slavic alphabet, the church is located at Meg. Alexandrou Avenue, at the beginning of Nea Paralia (New Seafront).
One of the oldest Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki, it was originally built in 1028 but was later rebuilt during the 14th century. The origins of its name can be traced back to the coppersmith workshops that have been located at a close vicinity to the church since medieval times.
The church is dedicated to the martyr and patron saint of Thessaloniki and has been a center of worship for more than fifteen centuries. The last restoration of the church after the great fire of 1917 lasted almost half a century. At the northwest corner of the Aghios Demetrius church lies the so-called tomb of Aghios Demetrius, a site of Christian pilgrimage since the Byzantine era. A visit to the church is considered to be a must.