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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.

Port Passenger Terminal of Thessaloniki

This imposing building was constructed in 1910 and bears influential signs of the French public architectural style of early 20th century. It’s the first building in Thessaloniki constructed with a…
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Alaca Imaret

The building was operating as a poorhouse, as well as a school for Muslim clergy and place of public worship. It was built by Ishak Pasha, Grand Vizier under the…
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Sintrivani

One of the most characteristic spots of Thessaloniki is the Sintrivani fountain, located in the square bearing the same name. It was a gift by Sultan Abdul Hamit to Thessalonians…
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Yeni Hamam (Aegle)

This beautiful building was erected towards the end of the 16th century by Husrev Kedhuda, manager of glebe properties of Thessaloniki, functioning as a double bath with separate sections, for…
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Bezesteni (Textile Market)

The essence of the East passes through the multicolor market of Bezesteni, one of the most characteristic structures of Ottoman period, and simultaneously one of the few markets worldwide, maintaining…
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