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GALERIUS ARCH (THESSALONIKI)The Galerius arch is a late Roman triumphal arch in Thessaloniki, whose sculptures recount the battles against the Persians in the 3rd century.
Galerius Arch in Thessaloniki: Also known as "Kamara", this antique arch was built as a sign of triumph. Its construction dates back to the early 4th century AD. The monument was commissioned by the Roman Emperor C. Galerius Valerius Maximianus, who wanted to use it as a reminder of his triumph over the Persians in Asia Minor.
As the Persians crossed the Tigris in 297 AD, Galerius challenged them for a battle without the prior consent of the Emperor. This resulted in a defeat of the Romans, but the Roman army invaded the following year in Armenia and thus defeated the Persians. Galerius received permission for the construction of a triumphal arch in Thessaloniki. After the resignation of the then Emperor Diocletian, Galerius took over and is said to have resided between 305 and 311 AD in Thessaloniki.
The original appearance of the Galerius arch was far more imposing than we have today: It actually consisted of two vaulted arches, whose center marked the most important crossroads of ancient Thessaloniki. It was there that the commercial route Via Egnatia and Via Regia, the route leading to the imperial palace, met.
Today, only a fraction of the original triumphal arch can be visited, but even so, one can have a rough idea of its imposing initial dimensions. The pillars of the Galerius arch are decorated with elaborate reliefs that offer a remarkable insight into the culture of Roman antiquity, depicting scenes ranging from war and military images to the presentation of opulent festivities and scenes of religious ceremonies and imperial homage. The Galerius Arch is a worth-seeing cultural highlight during your biking vacation in Thessaloniki and its surroundings.
Opened: Accessible 24 hours a day
Entrance fee: Free