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Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios Tours and Tickets

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Thessaloniki is home to one of the world’s largest caches of Byzantine architectural treasures, thanks to the city being ruled by Constantinople from the fifth century AD to the 13th. The empire’s legacy can be seen in what’s left of the city walls; in the many Byzantine churches; in Latomou Monastery and, most importantly, in the church and crypt of Ayios Dimitrios. Named after the city’s patron saint, the Christian martyr Dimitrios, the church started life as a small temple – itself built over the

remains of a Roman baths complex – in the fourth century and under Byzantine rule it took its present shape as a five-aisled basilica, built of stone with layers of arcaded windows and two stumpy towers. In the Middle Ages Thessaloniki became part of the Ottoman Empire; in 1493 Ayios Dimitrios was transformed into a mosque and its original Christian frescoes and mosaics were plastered over. It remained a mosque until the liberation of the city in 1912, but burnt down five years later. Restoration

took several decades and the church finally reopened in 1949, with only a few surviving relics of its original decoration, including the glittering seventh-century mosaics around the altar. The subterranean crypt was rediscovered after the 1917 fire and houses the silver reliquary of St Dimitrios as well as a museum showcasing early Christian and Byzantine sculptures, coins and fragments of pottery rescued from the blaze.

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Agiou Dimitriou Street 97, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54631
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City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Enjoy the pretty sights of Thessaloniki on a fun and informative hop-on hop-off bus tour. With unlimited access to the bus route for 1 day, hop on and off as much as you please, seeing all of the major landmarks along the way. From the open-top deck enjoy 360 degree views of the stunning coastal landscape. This Greek port city has ancient origins, and you can explore some of this fascinating history if you hop off at Ano Poli (Upper Town). The on-board audio tour commentary adds an educational element to your experience, ensuring you learn fascinating facts as you cruise round. On your sightseeing journey you'll discover some incredible architecture, such as the Church of Agios Dimitrios, which dates all the way back to the Byzantium empire! There's so much to see in this destination, and with bus stops placed at all the best spots in town, this double-decker bus tour is the most convenient and enjoyable way to see Thessaloniki.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour

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Experience the rich historical legacy of Thessaloniki during this private walking tour led by a local archaeologist. Discover a variety of UNESCO World Heritage monuments from the Byzantine and Roman eras, visit the famous White Tower, and step back in time at the Greek Agora and Roman Forum. A private guide and a snack are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Thessaloniki Highlights Private Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Highlights Private Walking Tour

Enjoy the perfect introduction to Thessaloniki’s rich heritage when you book this private walking tour, with an experienced local guide to give you tips for the rest of your stay. Besides the Byzantine mosaics in the Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios, which holds UNESCO World Heritage status, see the Rotunda, the Arch of Galerius, the White Tower, and much more. Please note: entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Professional Photoshot in Thessaloniki

Private Professional Photoshot in Thessaloniki

Have a Professional Photoshoot in Thessaloniki, be a model for a day and showcase your persona in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
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  • 2 hours
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Thessaloniki Classical City Tour - Private Experience - 4 hrs

Thessaloniki Classical City Tour - Private Experience - 4 hrs

Half day city tour to visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki with its gold and silver treasures and many other finds of the area of Central Macedonia, the famous UNESCO monument of the Rotonda, walk by the White Tower, the Roman Forum and the Arch of Galerius and visit the basilika of St. Demetrios, patron saint of the city. Your qualified guide, Efi will explain everything about her home town. Get a taste of the second biggest city of Greece with its rich history, lots of monuments, views, great gastronomy and sea breeze on the waterfront
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  • 4 hours
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City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Buy your hop-on, hop-off bus tickets today and get ready to explore Thessaloniki with City Sightseeing! Once part of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, this Greek port city has a rich history which is just waiting to be discovered. Many monuments have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with some of the mosaics considered great masterpieces of Early Christian art, as we pass most of them with our open top double decker buses. Furthermore, our daily valid tickets give our customers the flixibility to explore the city sights at their leisure and with their own pace.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Private Thessaloniki Walking UNESCO Monuments Tour

Private Thessaloniki Walking UNESCO Monuments Tour

Thessaloniki has 15 early Christian and Byzantine monuments protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. This is a walking tour we explore the rich cultural and religious heritage of this unique city, its tiny or larger churches hidden almost everywhere. Many of them are decorated with mosaics and frescoes still preserved dating back from the 4th to the 14th century. Starting from the top of the hill with the Byzantine time Acropolis and along the city walls, we continue downhills to the city center. We visit all monuments, mostly churches, with no admission fee required. This guided tour can be done on all days - except Tuesdays.
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  • 4 hours
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Thessaloniki Religious and Cultural Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Religious and Cultural Walking Tour

We warmly welcome you to the 2336 years old city of Thessaloniki.Founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon it is the second largest city in Greece nowadays.A city so easy to love-Thessaloniki is a home of rich history,warm people,tasty food and a strong spirit of the centuries.It is also known for its many churches and cultural sights like the ancient Rotonda,church of St.Demetrius,The White Tower and etc. Join our walking tour and feel the ancient spirit of that wonderful place worth to be seen.We are waiting for you!
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  • 2 hours 50 minutes
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What are Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios hours of operation?
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Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios hours of operation: Basilica: Daily 8am–10pm; Crypt: Mon 1.30pm–7.30pm; Tue–Thur, Sun 8am–7.30pm; Fri 9am–11pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios costs USD 15.00. Guided Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios tours start around USD 15.00 per person.
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