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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.

Yeni Tzami (Old Archaeological Museum)

Yeni Tzami was the mosque of Islamized Jews (Doenme). It was built in 1902 according to designs by Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli and constitutes a sample of the 20th century…
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Gardens of the Pasha

It was constructed in 1904 by an unknown architect, occupying an area of one acre and providing a unique example of fantastic architecture. At their center, the dominant element is…
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Tourbes (Mausoleum) – Musa Baba

This octagonal building, dated in mid 16th century, is the only entirely preserved Ottoman Mausoleum (tourbes) in Thessaloniki. It was the burial place of Musa Baba, a holy baba of…
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Ottoman Bank (State Conservatory of Thessaloniki)

It is located in the Frangomachalas district, in the heart of city’s finance activity. It was built in 1903, adopting the neo-baroque architectural style with French influences, at the exact…
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Yahudi Hamam

It was called Jewish (Yahudi) Hamam due to its location within the Jewish district. It was constructed with firebricks and stones, imitating the Byzantine architecture and had two separate sections,…
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