Visiting Rotonda it’s not just another cultural activity. It’s a journey through the multicultural past. It’s always a chance to teach Greek. It’s a cool and enjoyable stop when you drift into the city during the summer, as well
The Rotunda, built in the early 4th century, is an ancient impressive roman monument inscribed in the World Heritage List of Unesco.
Maybe it was first constructed as a mausoleum for the Emperor Galerius, who had his seat at Thessaloniki at the end of the 3rd century and the beginning of the 4th.
It was part of the impressive building complex which included the Galerius Palace (Navarinou Square), the Hippodrome, the Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and other buildings in Thessaloniki.
In the end of the 4th century, the Emperor Theodosius the Great (379-395), was baptised as Christian in Thessaloniki and converted the mausoleum into a Christian church.
During the Turkish occupation, it was turned into a mosque and the minaret, which stands in front of it, was built (1591).
Τhe name Rotunda prevailed due to the cylindrical shape of the monument.
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