The ancient findings of the Metro station Venizelou

29Jun

At the intersection of Egnatia and Venizelou streets antiquities of 4th century and the early Byzantine period were discovered at a depth of about 6 meters and an area of approximately 1,600 square meters: public areas and buildings, wide streets, and among them, at a length of 77 meters, the main axis of Thessaloniki (decumanus maximus), brilliant in its original construction, paved with marble and with rectangular stone slabs. A unique monument came to light, a large residential complex in the centre of the ancient city of a great importance, integrally linked with the history, the urban organization and the social life of Thessaloniki during the passage of 16 centuries.

This was for centuries the crossroads of city life starting from the 4th century, it goes back to the 6th century AD and has continued its life over the next centuries and even today. It is really something unique, after a very good preservation that makes it look as if it never ceased to be used. The findings in the Metro station Venizelou are considered to be one of the most important pieces of evidence of Byzantine European history.