The lack of durable materials and constant human occupation of the sites has prevented the conservation of much of the architecture of the early years of life in Macedonia. The temples (Therme, Neapolis) and public buildings (Aigai, Pella) follow the architectural trends of southern Greece, in particular of the Ionic colonies and the Aegean islands.
The selectivity and originality with which features borrowed from the Ionic and Doric styles are combined and incorporated are characteristic of the public buildings erected in the ancient and new walled cities of the Macedonian kingdom.
In the Hellenistic period palaces, sanctuaries, theaters, gymnasia, and baths, where the use of stucco and decorative detail is extensive, are incorporated in the town-plan. The improvement of the socio-political and economic conditions is attested in the splendid private houses and monumental tombs.
In Roman times, the concept of architecture on a big scale led to the reconstruction or erection of large buildings of a public nature in the populous cities, such as Thessalonike.