|UNESCO #456 - Thessaloniki City Walls - GREECE|
Monday, May 05, 2014
Thessaloniki - GREECE - UNESCO #456
Today I received three awesome UNESCO postcards from Greece. The first one show Thessaloniki, the hometown of the sender and according to her, one of the most beautiful Greek cities, filled with Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments classified as World Heritage Sites like this walls that surround the whole city. Thank you very much Elena. As for my collection 365 down, 616 to go. This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
Founded in 315 B.C., the provincial capital and sea port of Thessalonika was one of the first bases for the spread of Christianity. Among its Christian monuments are fine churches, some built on the Greek cross plan and others on the three-nave basilica plan. Constructed over a long period, from the 4th to the 15th century, they constitute a diachronic typological series, which had considerable influence in the Byzantine world. The mosaics of the rotunda, St Demetrius and St David are among the great masterpieces of early Christian art.