Church of the Thessalonians: Understanding What Life for Those Believers Was Like (Travel Photos)

On a trip to Thessaloniki in November 2011, I visited the Museum of Byzantine Culture, and it is a place that I would recommend for those of you who would like a deeper understanding of early church history in Thessaloniki.

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Museum of Byzantine Culture

At the museum, look out for exhibits related to the early Christian church:

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Here is a panel which nicely explains what early Christian life in Thessaloniki was like:

What early Christian life in Thessaloniki was like

Meanwhile, here are a couple of random things that caught my attention.

Firstly, here is an archaeological finding of a mosaic floor from the reception room of a house of the 5th century Thessaloniki:

Mosaic floor from the reception room of a house of the 5th century Thessaloniki

Mosaic floor from the reception room of a house of the 5th century Thessaloniki

Here are some oil lamps used during time the early Christian period (I have seen similar lamps in Israel). It serves as a reminder to me of what the Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 25:3 (NIV): “The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.

Oil Lamps in Thessaloniki

Here is a 4th century statue depicting the parable of the Good Shepherd (John 10):

4th century statue depicting the Good Shepherd

4th century statue depicting the Good Shepherd

Finally, here is mid 19th century engraving of the Last Judgment. In the engraving, you see magicians represented among the sinners of hell.

Mid 19th century engraving of the Last Judgment

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