Photographer's Note

The Ottoman minaret at left is the only one surviving in Thessaloniki today (or 'Salonika' as it is often abbreviated to.) Most of the more than 40 minarets were demolished after 1912 (after the success of the first Balkan War against Turkey), or collapsed due to the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917. This minaret and rotunda survived the earthquakes of 1932 & 1978. The rotunda was built in 306 AD by the Romans. Emperor Constantine I ordered the conversion of the rotunda to a church in 326 AD. It remained a church for 1200 years. The minaret was added in 1590 AD after the Ottoman invasion of Greece. It was reopened to the public as a museum in 2015 and there are still some impressive Byzantine frescoes high up on the ceiling. I might upload a shot of the arch and Roman sculptures decorating it another time.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17242 W: 1065 N: 38068] (172466)
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