Byzantine churches: the treasure of Thessaloniki

The Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki are of particular interest.  You will discover them among the various buildings.

It is worth seeing the mosaics and the catacombs in Agios Dimitrios, the magnificent Agia Sofia where in its oversized central dome there is a restored huge mosaic with the Ascension, the Panagia Chalkeon that was built in 1028 by Christoforos Lagouvardias, the Early Christian mosaics in Rotonta, the Acheiropoiitos, the oldest best preserved basilica of the East, Latomos Monastery where its small katholikon is preserved to this day, Osios David with a great mosaic, the church of Agios Nikolaos Orfanos, that is the katholikon of an old monastery, as well as the church of Agioi Apostoloi built at the beginning of the 14th century AD (between 1312 and 1315) from the Patriarch of Constantinople Nifon A’ and his student, hegumen Pavlos.

 

The above churches are all included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Vlatadon Monastery (also known as Tsaous Monastery) where we can still see the tribune (bema) from which according to ancient tradition the Apostle Pavlos taught, when he visited the city and Agia Aikaterini, are also samples of the so called Palaiologan art.

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