I am walking around the historical monuments of Thessaloniki centre with my father, in my high heel stiletto YSL shoes. (That is how you know I am a fashion blogger!) I am wearing gold studded beige jeans and a lizard print top, holding on one hand my Gucci bag and my iphone, to post on Instagram and on the other my Canon G12. Loved my interesting walk and really enjoyed lunch at the Byzantine Museum. I had a grilled fresh salmon salad! Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon and it’s history spans some 2,300 years. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. So, as you can imagine we had a lot to see. Enjoy the view!
Xan Square took its name from YMCA Young Men’ s Christian Association of Thessaloniki (abbreviation for Xan in Greek) that is located there. This large and impressive building is located in the centre of the square, that is also surrounded by other Neoclassical buildings. The amazing huge wooden door was the backdrop for my outfit post.
The White Tower is a defensive structure dated to the 15th century. Later, it was used as a guard’s quarters by the Janissaries and as a prison for those who were convicted to death. It was built on the place where an older, Byzantine tower once stood. This Byzantine tower connected the east wall of the fortification of Thessalonike (the part preserved today) with the sea wall, which was demolished in 1866.
The Panagia Chalkeon was founded in 1028 by Christophoros of Lombardy. Its unusual name comes from its use as a mosque for the copperworkers’ guild (Kazançilar-Djami) during the Ottoman occupation, from 1430 to 1912. The church was restored in 1934.
Rotonda is a byzantine church built in the shape of a cycle. A circular building erected in A.D. 306 as the Pantheon or Mausoleum of Galerius. Under Theodosius the Great it became a Christian church with only a few additions or alterations. Its mosaics are unique for the era (4th century).
Roman Market and Theater. Ruins standing at the Law Court Square (Dikastiria).
Galerian Arch (Kamara) erected short before 305 A.D. The Arch of Galerius belongs to the Galerian group of buildings, in the SE part of the historical center of Thessaloniki. From the original triumphal arch only three pillars and a part of the brick masonry above are preserved to the present day
Church of Aghia Sophia
It is a rectangular church, with a cross-in-square nucleus, which is covered with a dome. It is surrounded by a U-shaped ambulatory on the three sides, while the east is occupied by the tripartite sanctuary. The present architectural form of the monument is in many aspects, quite different from the original 7th century structure. Several parts of the interior pictorial decoration are preserved: mosaics on the dome and the sanctuary, dated to the 8th-12th centuries A.D. and wall paintings of the 11th century, in the narthex.
Three-aisled basilica with a narthex on the west side and a second entrance with a monumental propylon in the middle of the south wall.
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki Work on the construction of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki began in February 1961, to designs by the architect Patroklos Karantinos. The building was inaugurated on 27th October 1962, during the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Thessaloniki.
Stay tuned for my Instagram August Recap part 3, with pictures of amazing jewelry and art from the Archeological and the Byzantine Museum in Thessaloniki. Don’t miss the B restaurant, the top stylish restaurant in town where we had lunch. “B.” is located at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki.
Top lizard print Zara,
Pants Studded Zara,
Sandals Beige Yves Saint Laurant, find nude YSL Tribute here
Have a lovely Day!!!