Ottoman route

Ottoman route

In 1430 Murat II takes over Thessaloniki and the city remains under Ottoman sovereignty until 1912. In their search of a new country, almost 20.000 Jews from Spain settled in Thessaloniki in 1492 at the invitation of the Ottoman State. The co-existence between Greeks, Turks and Jews offers to the city its unique multiculturalism, a feature that defined its character for many centuries, while numerous significant buildings are constructed and many churches are turned into mosques. The architectural style of Thessaloniki starts to lean towards the East, in combination with a few European influences. The multicolor market of Bezesteni, the domed hammams offering both individual cleanliness and social interaction, the mosques, the public buildings, the old residences such as the one of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the reformer of Turks, and many others, can be tracked down to the city where West meets East through images, tastes, music.

Old School of Philosophy, AUTH

Built in 1887 to house the Ottoman School of Public Administration. In 1927, the impressive edifice, built by the Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli, hosted the newly established University of Thessaloniki.…
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Government House

The imposing building designed and built in 1891, by the Italian’s architect Vitaliano Poselli Neoclassical and Renaissance style, to house the headquarters of the Turkish district commissioner, the Government House…
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Area of Ano Poli (Upper/Old City), which took its name from the platanus (Cinar) planted there in the early 20th century. The neighborhood retains its old-world picturesqueness with its small…
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Hospital Agios Dimitrios

Built between 1900 and 1903 its name was initially Hospital of Poor Foreign (GUREBA HASTAHANESI) or HAMIDIYE later BALEDIYE. This plot included the building of lyssiatreio (today Kindergarten of Ano…
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Library of Ano Poli (Upper/Old City’s Library)

It was built between 1897 and 1905 to form a senior Turkish military residence. Today it belongs to the municipality of Thessaloniki and houses the Municipal Children's Library of Ano…
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