Catacombs of St. John the Baptist
The Catacombs of St. John the Baptist are located south of the Church of Hagia Sophia, underneath the street. Entering the gardens of the catacombs, one can see the ruins of the nymphaeum, a spring dedicated to the nymphs as well as the thermal baths dating from the Roman times. The nymphaeum was converted into a holy water spring during the Christian times and an underground worship place was built there, in honor of St. John the Baptist.
This Catacomb belongs to the greater secret communication system of Thessaloniki, which has not been fully explored yet! Actually, consists of catacombs and tunnels, used by the first Christians to practice their worship. One can reach them through the Temple of Saint John the Baptist, hence the name. There are also remnants of the early Christian church.
Today the catacombs still retain their original structure but they also provide the appropriate facilities for weddings and baptisms.
Hours: Every day 7:30 - 12:30 and 17:00 - 18:30, Divine Liturgy every Tuesday and the 1st and 2nd Sunday of the month
Rules: No shorts or sleeveless shirts
Entrance fee: Free
Celebrates: 7th January