THE THESSALONIKI METRO AND ITS ANTIQUITIES
The course of the Thessaloniki Metro, which crosses its center, follows the axis of the main streets of the urban fabric of the ancient city which was framed by colonnades and arcades and had a 16m wide road.
It started from the Golden Gate (Porta Aurea), today’s Vardari Square, and ended at the Kassandriot Gate, in today’s Fountain Square.
In the area of these two key gates of the old city, outside of which the richest parts of its cemeteries developed, the construction works of the Metro stations bring to light important antiquities, which belong to different time periods.
Important antiquities and in fact representative of many periods of life of the city come to light during the construction of the other two Metro stations that are located within the boundaries of the historic center of the city.
These are the stations of Venizelos and Ag. Sophia, occupying important places in ancient Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki is the largest archaeological excavation ever carried out in Northern Greece, covering an area of 20,000 sq.m.
The archeological works, with a total budget of 132.6 million euros, have brought to light 130,000 archaeological findings.
Regarding the Venizelos station, the study of the removal and relocation of the antiquities has been approved by the Ministry of Culture and the KAS and the works have already started.