Galerius Arch - Kamara, Thessaloniki

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    Galerius triumphal arch

    by csordila Written Mar 28, 2009

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    Emperor Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus, who selected Thessaloniki as the capital of the realm, built the arch to the memory of his victory over the Persian forces in 303 AD.
    By this victory Mesopotamia became the part of the empire and he obtained even additional areas on the east coast of the river Tiger.
    This was the largest expansion of the Roman empire reached ever in the east.
    After the turkish occupation a big part of the arch has been destroyed.

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    Kamara

    by StefanosS Written Jun 12, 2003

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    Kamara is also a characteristic monument of Thessaloniki. It is a part of a Roman triumph arc built after the victory of Galerius against Persians, in about 306 AD.

    This triumph arc was also part of the palace complex of Galerius, along with Rotonda and the ruins of the palace found in Navarinou square.

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    the arch

    by say-no-more Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    kamara, or as we called it, simply 'the arch', is a popular meeting point for young people in thessaloniki (now that i think of it, i don't remember seeing any old people there - what do they do with them?!? :D ). it is there since the romans (i think it was a part or an aquaduct) and at some time, there was a tram going under it (i guess not during the romans :D ). that's about all i can remember of it's history:D

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    The Arch of Galerius

    by johnsakura Written Dec 8, 2003

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    Built shortly before A.D. 305 in commemoration of Galerius' victory over the Persians in 297. It was a part of a four gateway which was situated at the point where the ceremonial way from the palace complex met the city's busiest thoroughfare. The reliefs depict and extol the Emperor's victory over the Persians. It is located at the junction of Egnatia and Dimitriou Gounari streets.

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    The Arch

    by viddra Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    The Galerius Arch of Triumph used to constitute the west part of a covered market which joined the Rotunda and the Roman Palace.

    It was built in the beginning of the 4th century in honour of emperor Galerius upon his triumphal return from his victorious campaign against the Persians.

    The arch is decorated with marble reliefs and festoons of leaves.

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    Galerius Arch - Kamara

    by mindcrime Written May 13, 2015

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    One block north of the archaeological site of Galerius Palace I saw the Galerius Arch which was called Octopylon. Locals refer to it simply as Kamara(arch) so if you ask someone just say kamara and they’ll point you to the right direction as it’s a popular meeting place but also the usual spot for PAOK fans when they celebrate a victory of their team. Ok, it’s not impressive like some others in Rome but the locals love it and as expected it’s a popular meeting point due to its central location, near the university.

    It was built in 305AD right on the ancient Egnatia (via Regia) as a triumph arch to celebrate the victory of the tetrarch Galerius over Sassanid Persians the previous years. Originally it had eight pillars (hence the name Octopylon) forming a triple arch while a road was passing through the central arch connecting the Palace with the Rotunda. Unfortunately only 3 of the pillar remain but I loved the fact that two of them retain their detailed sculpted marble slabs (pic 2) showing several different scenes including the battles of Galerius against the Persians.

    The Arch was under some simple maintenance in 1889 with extra work in 1945 and 1952 and in 2001 again because now the monument suffers also by the pollution. What I didn’t know was that the tram was passing under the Arch before the 1950s!

    Pic3 :the imperial family at the sacrifice of thanksgiving, notice the interesting detail that all the faces have been chiseled off!
    Pic4 : Galerius attacks the Persian king Narses

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    The Arch

    by DrexelDragon Written Feb 21, 2005

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    It used to be connected to the Rotunda and the palace, but now it serves mostly as a meeting place and a landmark. It's old and not really very much to look at, but alas, I would not feel as if I had seen Thessaloniki without taking a picture of it.

    Also note the parkwalk...
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    Arch of Galerius

    by gale.blog.pl Written May 20, 2003

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    As you probably agree, gale has to comment on Arch of GALErius :)

    Built a little before 305 A.D. in commemoration of Galerius’s victory over the Persians in 297. (It stands at the junction of Egnatia and D. Gounari Streets).

    Gale under his Arch ;)))

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  • The Arch of Galerious

    by dimilag Updated Apr 27, 2007

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    One of the most important and famous as well symbols of Thessaloniki is the Arch of Galerius. The Arch of Galerius was built in 305 AD, to celebrate the definitive triumph of the Emperor over the Persians. The whole structure consisted of 4 main pillars and 2 smaller ones on each side, the former supporting a central dome. Through the latter, a connection to the Galerius Palace (to the south) and to the Rotunda (to the north) was possible. Today, only a part of the monument still stands and there is no information on the period or the circumstances under which the rest of the arch was destroyed. From the original triumphal arch only three pillars and a part of the brick ma-sonry above are preserved to the present day. The two main pillars are covered with sculpted marble slabs, which narrate the wars of Galerius against the Persians. The central arched opening is 9.7 m wide and 12.5 m high and the secondary 4.85 m and 6.5 m respectively.

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    Antiquity among modernity

    by mikey_e Written Jul 2, 2007

    Galerius's Arch was constructed in 303AD in order to commemorate Galerius's victory over the Persians. Scenes from the battle can clearly be scene as bas relief on the sides of the arch. The arch is also remarkable because it is surrounded by the modern shops and cafés of a predominantly student quarter of the city.

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