«Μικρή Ιερουσαλήμ»
του Βυζαντίου

“Little Jerusalem”
of Byzantine

The city of Veria between the 11th and 14th century was one of the most important Byzantine centers in Macedonia, with cultural influences directly from Istanbul, a tradition that was maintained until the end of the Ottoman Empire. The impressively large number of Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches gave the city the nickname “Little Jerusalem” and a great reputation as a regional religious center of the Byzantine Empire. Today, at the city center, 48 Byzantine and post Byzantine churches with beautiful frescoes are well preserved out of the 72 that once existed in the city.