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From the Acropolis, with Mount Olympus in sight, you'll know that you are in the presence of greatness. This is the perfect spot for you to take in Thessaloniki and its stunning horizon. But the perspective is only half the allure. The 2,000-year-old Acropolis originally built by Cassander, a former King of Macedonia, still presides over the urban skyline. Although the ancient sea-front walls have been razed, this elevated section has survived. Your visit will probably focus on the Trigoniou Tower; the rest are just sections of still-standing walls. The real highlight, however, is the view. One TripAdvisor user comments, "This is very beautiful and worth seeing -- especially nice in the evening!"
You can photograph and walk around the ruins for free. The Acropolis is farther inland than downtown Thessaloniki. From the shore, you'll have to pass through the charming Ano Poli neighborhood.
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#0 Museum of Byzantine Culture
Winner of the Council of Europe's Museum Prize in 2005, the Museum of Byzantine Culture beautifully displays regional artifacts that concern the ancient empire. Everyday objects and artwork that reflect the social, religious and political aspects of this period are displayed in a dynamic and chronological way. One Virtual Tourist attests that the museum "gives a greater appreciation for the importance of Thessaloniki in older times that you may not get without going here." To learn the most about Thessaloniki's history, you'd best be served by visiting this museum after the Archeological Museum, which has exhibitions that predate the Byzantine era. Fortunately, the two are only a five-minute walk away from each other.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours on Monday. To reach this site or the Archeological Museum, you can take Bus no. 58 from Dikastirion Square or Bus no. 11 eastward on Egnatia Street. Entrance costs about €4 EUR (or about $5.50 USD). For more information, visit the official website.
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