Images that give an insight into Ancient Greece came to light because of the excavations carried out for the Thessaloniki Metro. The amazing photos were released by Attiko Metro SA.
The route of the Metro lines, which crosses the city centre, follows the axis of the main street of the ancient city which was flanked by colonnades and arcades and had a 16 metre wide road surface.
It started from the Golden Gate (Porta Aurea) in today's Vardaris Square and ended at Sintrivani Square.
In the area of these two central gates of the old city - outside of which the richest parts of its cemeteries were developed - the construction works of Metro stations bring to light important antiquities and belonging to various time periods.
Important antiquities, and in fact representative of many periods of the city's life, are being excavated for the first time after centuries in order to complete the construction of the two other Metro stations located within the limits of the historic city centre.
These are the "Venizelou" and "Ag. Sofias" metro stations, which occupy important positions for the lands that are hidden under the current city of Thessaloniki.
The largest archaeological excavation ever carried out in Northern Greece is taking place in Thessaloniki, covering an area of 20,000 sq.m.
The archaeological works, with a total budget of 132.6 million euros, have brought to light 130,000 archaeological findings.
Regarding the "Venizelou" station, the study of the removal and relocation of the antiquities has been approved by the Ministry of Culture and the work has already started.