Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia

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  • 1. Aigai Archaeological Site


    Some of antiquity's greatest treasures await you at the Royal Tombs of Vergina, opened to the public in 1993, 16 years after their discovery...Read More

  • 2. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    The unpretentious, single-story white structure gives no hint from the outside of the treasures within. A superb collection of artifacts from...Read More

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  • 3. Dion Archaeological Site


    Being at the base of sacred Olympus, Dion was a sacred city for the Macedonians, devoted primarily to Zeus and his daughters, the Muses. A city...Read More

  • 4. Kavala Castle/Acropolis


    The stategic and geographical advantages that drew the first settlers to the Kavala peninusla in the 7th century BC made it the obvious choice...Read More

  • 5. Osios David

    Ano Polis | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This entrancing little church with a commanding view of the city was supposedly built about AD 500 in honor of Galerius's daughter, who was...Read More

  • 6. Philippi


    One of antiquity's most famous cities, Philippi, lies just 13 km (8 miles) north of Kavala. Expecially famous for the battle between the assassins...Read More

  • 7. White Tower

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    The city's most famous landmark, and a symbol of Macedonia, the White Tower is the only medieval defensive tower left standing along the seafront...Read More

  • 8. Ayia Sofia

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The founding date of this church, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the focal point of the city's Easter and Christmas celebrations, has been...Read More

  • 9. Ayios Dimitrios

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Magnificent and covered in mosaics, this five-aisle basilica is Greece's largest church and a powerful tribute to the patron saint of Thessaloniki...Read More

  • 10. Ayios Nikolaos Orfanos

    Ano Polis | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Noted frescoes here include the unusual Ayion Mandilion in the apse, which shows Jesus superimposed on a veil sent to an Anatolian king, and...Read More

  • 11. Ayios Panteleimon

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A prime example of 14th-century Macedonian religious architecture, Ayios Panteleimon is an eye-catching church that draws you in to take a closer...Read More

  • 12. Church of the Metamorphosis

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This sunken church, part of which is (as the name would suggest) below ground level, is an example of 14th-century Macedonian ecclesiastical...Read More

  • 13. Eptapyrghion

    Ano Polis | Notable Building

    In modern times, this Byzantine fortress—its name means "the seven towers" even though there are ten towers—was an abysmal prison, closed only...Read More

  • 14. Moni Vlatádon

    Ano Polis | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Vlatades Monastery, shaded with pine and cypress, is a cruciform structure that displays a mixture of architectural additions, from Byzantine...Read More

  • 15. Museum of Dion


    The splendid museum is an important stop to help you get an idea of the history and importance of the city to the ancient Macedonians. Be sure...Read More

  • 16. Panagia Acheiropoietos

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The name Achiropiitos means "made without hands" and refers to the icon representing the Virgin that miraculously appeared in this 5th-century...Read More

  • 17. Panagia Chalkeon

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The name Chalkeon comes from the word for copper, and the beautiful "Virgin of the Copper Workers" stands in what is still the traditional...Read More

  • 18. Pella Archaeological Site


    The ancient village ruins and its museum—both best known for their intricate, artful, and beautifully preserved floor mosaics, mainly of mythological...Read More

  • 19. Roman Forum

    Kentro | Ruins

    The forum in the ancient agora, or market, dates back to the end of the 2nd century AD. The small amphitheater here, which hosted public celebrations...Read More

  • 20. Rotunda

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Also known as Ayios Giorgios, this brickwork edifice has become a layered monument to the city's rich history. Built in AD 306, it was probably...Read More

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