Archaeological Museum

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6th Manoli Andronikou Street

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One TripAdvisor user claims:"The Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum is spectacular. You really should not leave Thessaloniki until you've seen it." The suggestion is valid. The museum traces the long history of ancient Macedonia -- the northeastern region of Greece -- and its capital city from prehistoric to modern times. You'll find Classical and Hellenistic sculptures along with ancient tombs and relics. And recent visitors claim "The Gold of Macedon" -- featuring impressive craftsmanship in gold and precious metals -- is not-to-be-missed.

The Archaeological Museum maintains varied hours by day and season, so be sure to check the website before visiting. To get there, take the Bus no. 58 from Dikastirion Square or walk -- the museum is easy to spot downtown near the International Fairgrounds. Admission is about €6 EUR (or about $8.50 USD).

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#1 Acropolis

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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