A (half) day in Thessaloniki

by John Wilson November. 10, 2018 695 views

I read somewhere that Thessaloniki is a photographer's paradise. They were so right. What an amazing, must-see city.

The huge Rotunda dates from the early 4th century AD and has served a variety of purposes over the centuries, including as a church and a mosque.

The huge Rotunda dates from the early 4th century AD and has served a variety of purposes over the centuries, including as a church and a mosque.

It is one of many extraordinarily impressive monuments in Thessaloniki.

It is one of many extraordinarily impressive monuments in Thessaloniki.

Inside the Rotunda.

Inside the Rotunda.

The thing about Thessaloniki's ancient monuments is how they simply blend with and are part of everyday life. Here the 4th century Arch of Galerius ... and some apartments.

The thing about Thessaloniki's ancient monuments is how they simply blend with and are part of everyday life. Here the 4th century Arch of Galerius ... and some apartments.

And again, significant Roman ruins right in the middle of a downtown residential street.

And again, significant Roman ruins right in the middle of a downtown residential street.

The city has a beautiful seaside setting and is surrounded by steep hills offering great views.

The city has a beautiful seaside setting and is surrounded by steep hills offering great views.

From Vlatadon Monastery.

From Vlatadon Monastery.

By tradition, Vlatadon Monastery is the setting where St Paul addressed the Thessalonians. As my friend likes to say, that's almost enough to make you think.

By tradition, Vlatadon Monastery is the setting where St Paul addressed the Thessalonians. As my friend likes to say, that's almost enough to make you think.

An extensive, ancient wall stretches along the hilltop. Here some typical Thessaloniki views - old, somewhat old and new.

An extensive, ancient wall stretches along the hilltop. Here some typical Thessaloniki views - old, somewhat old and new.

Ancient fortress above the city.

Ancient fortress above the city.

The steep hills made for some good exercise.

The steep hills made for some good exercise.

We had great weather which always helps.

We had great weather which always helps.

Walking back down the hill revealed plenty of interesting sights.

Walking back down the hill revealed plenty of interesting sights.

There's a surprise around every corner. In an inner city street, a tree laden with pomegranates.

There's a surprise around every corner. In an inner city street, a tree laden with pomegranates.

I call this `Red wall and seat'.

I call this `Red wall and seat'.

And this `Red wall and street sign'

And this `Red wall and street sign'

And I call this one `Yellow door'.

And I call this one `Yellow door'.

And this one `Blue gate'. I think a pattern is emerging. This shot does seem somewhat typical of Thessaloniki - a certain ramshackle beauty, with layers on layers open for all to see.

And this one `Blue gate'. I think a pattern is emerging. This shot does seem somewhat typical of Thessaloniki - a certain ramshackle beauty, with layers on layers open for all to see.

Municipal Library.

Municipal Library.

Would it be impolite of me to say I'd love to have this at home?

Would it be impolite of me to say I'd love to have this at home?

So many intriguing, ancient buildings. Here under the Agia Sophia.

So many intriguing, ancient buildings. Here under the Agia Sophia.

And what's a city without a picturesque downtown market.

And what's a city without a picturesque downtown market.

I loved my few hours in Thessaloniki - of course I couldn't possibly do such a place justice in half a day and do hope I get the chance one day soon to come back and see it properly.

I loved my few hours in Thessaloniki - of course I couldn't possibly do such a place justice in half a day and do hope I get the chance one day soon to come back and see it properly.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

Great sets, stunning beautiful pictures and would like to have holidays right now. I was scrolling through your pictures and almost burst into tears because of them ... thumbsup  wink

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John Wilson Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

Well thank you, didn't want to make you cry but hopefully it was in a good way!

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