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Thessalonica's Upper City

Landmarks of The Orthodox Civilization

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About the Tour

Thessalonica, the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire and closely connected with the capital, maintains a large number of monuments, which reflect characteristics of the Orthodox worship. Its Upper City, the ‘City above the City’, preserves a cultural explosion of monuments, which include the churches of Hosios David (originally the catholicon of Latomou Monastery), of St. Catherine, of St. Nicholas Orphanos (also originally the catholicon of a monastery), of the Taxiarches (the Archangels Michael and Gabriel), and of the Vlatadon Monastery, which is the only Byzantine monastery that survives in modern times. With the exception of the early Christian church of Hosios David, the remaining monuments belong to the 14th century, which was marked by the civil war between Andronicus II Palaeologus and his grandson, Andronicus III (1321-1328) and by the Zealot movement (1342-1350). 𝗜𝗡𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗨𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥: Eleni Lianta Eleni Lianta received her undergraduate degree in Archaeology from the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. She holds a M.St in Byzantine Studies and a D.Phil in Byzantine Numismatics from the University of Oxford. She taught at the University of the Aegean (winter semester 2007), at the Hellenic Open University (2008-2020), and she is currently teaching at the Open University of Cyprus. For nine years, during the archaeological excavations conducted for the construction of the METRO in Thessalonica, she was employed by Attiko Metro as a byzantinist-numismatist. She is the author of the book Late Byzantine coins (1204-1453) in the Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford (London, 2009), and of many articles published in foreign and Greek scientific journals. ✅𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗜𝗧 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗞𝗦 This tour has been designed for virtual presentation. This is a group that accommodates up to 100 participants at a time. Once you book this experience, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to join the session. You can access the tour via the link provided

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