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“This church is part of UNESCO's list of Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika, and it is dedicated to the city's patron saint. ”
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“Built in the 5th century as the catholicon of the Latomos Monastery, this church is situated in Ano Poli (Upper City) of Thessaloniki, near the Monastery of the Vlatades. After the fall of Thessaloniki, in 1430, it was converted into a mosque and in the beginning of the 20th century, when it became again a church, it was also named Osios David, in order to honor the important ascetic and saint of Thessaloniki. The name “Latomos” came from the quarries (latomeia in Greek) that were in the area. For this monument there is a testimony in the text of monk Ignatius in the 9th century, the Narration, which says that the monument was built by Theodora, the daughter of emperor Maximian, prosecutor of Christians. Theodora became a Christian in secret and asked her father to build a house and a bathhouse. She converted the bathhouse into a church and decorated it with a mosaic, which was covered by the skin of an ox and mortar, so that no one would expose her secret. The mosaic was revealed miraculously to monk Senouphios after the iconoclasm, when during an earthquake the mortar and the skin fell off. Initially the church was a square building with an arch on the eastern side, divided into four sections that made the façade of the church the shape of a cross (architecturally, cross-in-square). Today the western part of the monuments no longer survives. The unique example of Early Christian art is the mosaic of the conch at the altar area. It depicts the vision of prophet Ezekiel with Christ without a beard, surrounded by heavenly dominions and prophets. Also important are the wall paintings at the southern arch, which are of exceptional quality and date from the end of the 12th century. From them intact are preserved the Nativity and the Baptism of Christ. On the eastern wall of the northern arch some parts from wall paintings from the beginning of the 14th century still survive.   ”
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“The temple of Panagia Chalkeon is located in the heart of the historical center, southwest of the Roman Forum and North of Egnatia Street. Built in 1028 A.D. as mentioned to the founder’s inscription over the west entrance, it has a typical “cross in square form” having four main columns and three domes, something common to several other religious buildings constructed during the “Macedonian” period of the byzantine architecture. Impressive wall paintings and architecture The interior is full of beautiful frescoes. Some of them are dated back to the 11th century A.D, while there are modern ones as well. During the Ottoman occupation period it was converted into a mosque along with other important temples of Thessaloniki like Agia Sophia (Temple of Holy Wisdom) and Agios Dimitrios. It is possible that an ancient Greek temple existed in the same place, possibly devoted to Hephaestus due to the fact that this area was traditionally inhabited by the city’s copper-smiths. In fact, the name of the church itself is translated as “The Virgin of the Copper-smiths”. The site is extremely easy to find, as it is right next to “Aristotelous plaza” heading west. Being in the center of the city it is also accessible by bus. Within a small distance you’ll have the chance to visit the 15th century Bey Hamam, one of the most important Ottoman buildings of the city. If you feel like eating or drinking something, you can choose among several different options available in “Aristotelous plaza”, while “Athonos” plaza right next to it is full of bars and restaurants for every taste, which will suit your mood. ”
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Historic Site
“This church is believed to be the oldest surviving one in Thessaloniki, and it is dedicated to Virgin Mary. 'Acheiropoietos' means 'created by a divine power, not by human hands'.”
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“Take some time to visit the old Byzantine church of “Agios Nikolaos” and the “Monastery of Vlatadon”, both built in the 14th century A.D. They are some of the oldest buildings that can be found in Ano Poli.”
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Cemetery
“The Zeitenlik, also known as Serbian Cemeteries is located in Lagada St on the West part of the city one and a half kilometers north of “Vardari” plaza. It is a unique monument that reminds us of the legacy of all those who fought for freedom almost a century ago (1914-1918). While the flames of the “Great War” were still burning high, terrible battles took place in the heart of the Balkan countries thus forming the “Macedonian Front”. Winning this battle turned out to be important and crucial for the outcome of the entire war. The legacy of the greatest conflict The casualties were devastating for all sides. More than 20.500 soldiers of the countries that fought along the Entente alliance during the First World War were buried here making Zeitenlik the biggest military necropolis in Greece. It is believed that this specific location was preferred because of the pre-existing catholic cemeteries and also because of the conversion of the neighboring buildings into hospitals. In 1920 the Greek government bought the land and ceded it to the allies after signing the initial foundation agreement among each nation. Every year in October 11th representatives of the allied nations, the few remaining veteran soldiers and relatives gather here to honor all those who sacrificed their lives. A number of ceremonies are being held in honor of the fallen allies’ soldiers. The cemeteries accept many visitors from the Balkan countries, especially from Serbia. Each one of the five countries has its own sector (France, Serbia, Russia, United Kingdom, Italy,). The beautiful monument on the Serbian sector of the cemeteries was built in 1926 – 1936. Relics, flags dated back to the First World War and other important historical objects lie inside. You may need a permission to visit the Relics. ”
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Synagogue
“Hebrew synagogue, the only one in Thessaloniki saved by the nazis during the german occupation. The building was saved (the other 60 were destroyed) cause it was the Red Cross warehouse of thessaloniki during the occupation. Recently the building was renovated to its original architecture. ”
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Church
“In the center of the city just before the coastal avenue, on “Mitropoleos” Street, lies another worth visiting religious site, the Metropolitan church of St. Gregory Palamas. The history of the place depicts the structural Evolution of the Byzantine architecture through its different phases. The earlier church was a three aisled Basilica type building, built in the late 13th century. At the end of the 16th century, it was established as the Metropolitan temple of Thessaloniki, while it was destroyed in 1890 A.D. after a huge fire. Apart from the considerable byzantine influences which can be easily detected, there are certain neo – classical elements, something quite reasonable, as the latest re-building efforts took place soon after the destruction. One of the most beautiful temples of Thessaloniki It’s reconstruction was finally completed in 1914 thanks to the architectural designs of Ernst Ziller and the modifications of his greek colleague Xenofon Paionidis. The building is based on the byzantine octagonal type while the main temple has a cross – shaped form, similar to many other Orthodox churches. The dominant byzantine legacy and beauty is still obvious in this important religious site. Inside the temple you will be able to view the relics of Saint Gregory Palamas in whose honor the church was built. He lived in Thessaloniki from 1325 to 1359 A.D. A number of social and religious events of the Greek Orthodox community are being held here at a regular basis. The site is next to “Leoforos nikis” avenue, for some, the most vibrant and crowded street of Thessaloniki because of the numerous clubs and cafeterias. In the same street, (Mitropoleos) you will find some of the best shopping destinations in Thessaloniki if you are interested on clothing or fashion accessories. In the north, within a small walking distance you will find the city’s most famous and important shopping district, “Tsimiski” Avenue. Hundreds of fashion stores, boutiques, department stores and more await you there. ”
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“In the center of Thessaloniki in Fragon St in one of the most historic corners of the city lies a temple that will pleasantly surprise those who will discover it… A hidden gem in the center of the city Hidden among tall, modern constructions the Temple of the Immaculate Conception (devoted to Virgin Mary) represents an entirely different style and philosophy in a city dominated by Paleo-christian masterpieces. Built in 1899 the temple was the design of Vitaliano Poselli, a well-known architect that is responsible for many of Thessaloniki’s architectural treasures as he was invited by the Ottoman administration in order to modernize many of the city’s public buildings. An older temple that was built in 1743 existed at the same location. The main characteristic of the building is the three aisled basilica along with the semi dome that leads to the side arches of the structure. Stylistically it follows renaissance standards while its architectural influences can be found on European countries, especially France. The interior decoration of the church is impressive and interesting because of its differences compared to the majority of the city’s religious sites. Rows of Corinthian style columns welcome all those who enter. At the center of the Altar (Holy Temple) lies Virgin Mary’s figure while the statue of Paul the Apostle will definitely draw your attention. The beautiful Vitro glasses at the temple’s windows offer some really impressive views as natural light enters the building! The temple of Immaculate Conception belongs to the Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki (Apostolicus Vicariatus Thessalinicensis) a name that takes us back to the 8th century AD. Its modern administrative structure was given in 1926, the year that was officially founded. The church remains active until today while being run and preserved by the small Catholic community of the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend some time in this well hidden architectural and cultural gem. You will soon realize that it is not the only one in Fragon St. … The “Westerner’s” area (Fragomahalas) and the Europeans The European district also known as “Fragomahalas” was the part of the city where the majority of the European residents of Thessaloniki were gathered. It was an impressively active area that was connected to the open market of Upper Ladadika (Ano Ladadika) while its commercial character was more than obvious. The temple of Immaculate Conception (Catholic Church) is not the only building of great historic and architectural value. The “Ottoman Bank” that today hosts the music hall and the “Bank of Thessaloniki” also built by Pozelli are two outstanding examples that witness the lost beauty due to decades of insane construction activity… Today the area still holds a glimpse of its old commercial character. Its new face however can be seen in streets like Sygroy St and Valaoritou St where countless bars, clubs, cultural and artistic destinations opened their doors during the last decade. Over the years many discussions have been made concerning the future of “Fragomahalas”. These discussions led to several proposals and possible solutions that may give new life to this valuable, historic part of Thessaloniki. ”
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Church
“This beautiful church is located at the heart of thessaloniki,it is the main sanctuary dedicated to saint Demetrius who is the patron saint of Thessaloniki,its on the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO since 1988”
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