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    Digital reconstruction of the Palace of Galerius, Thessaloniki, Greece

    Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and has been for many centuries an important urban center of the Roman and then the Byzantine Empire. The following pictures are taken from this fantastic website (link) about the digital reconstruction of the Palace of Emperor Galerius and the nearby region as it is believed to have looked between 3rd-7th Century AD based on archeological evidence. The project was completed by the Ephorate of Antiquities, of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs.

    In every case, the first photo is a picture of the current state / form of the structure, while the rest depict the digital reconstuction.

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    Hippodrome (Horse racecourse), which was located in what is now Hippodromiou Square. It operated from the 4th till at least the 6th Century AD.

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    The interior of Octagon. Built in late 4th century and destroyed in the 7th century AD by powerful earthquakes.

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    The Baths.

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    Central Building Complex.

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    The Basilica. Less than half of the building is visible today. The rest is buried beneath the popular downtown pedestrian walkaway of Navarinou square.

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    The Arch of Galerius. Built between 298 and 305 A.D, it remains the standard meeting point for Thessalonians nowadays, known as Kamara for short.

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    The Rotunda. Constructed in early 4th Century AD and mostly intact to this day.

    Visit the official website about the project for more details, information and photos.