Saint Panteleimon is a fourteenth century masterpiece of the Byzantine art school of Macedonia. It was later undertaken for renovation and restoration of the damage caused by the Turks, then converted into a mosque, and also they tried to restore the damage caused by earthquakes. Inside, very few of the original frescoes have been saved. The church is situated within a small park near the Rotunda.
The white statue of Eleftherios Venizelos greets the city between the Panagia Chalkeon and the Turkish baths, at the beginning of the avenue that leads to Aristotelous square. Eleftherios Venizelos (Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος) was born in Mournies near Chania, Crete in 1864 and died in 1936. He probably was the most important politician of modern Greece. He studied law at the University of Athens. When he returned to Crete he was elected to the local Assembly for the Liberal Party. He became a prominent figure during the Cretan uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1897. He led the anti-Ottoman forces fighting the Ottoman Turks in an effort to achieve union with Greece.
This church was built in 1816. The basilica is a church that is worth taking a peek at your way via Egnatia. It is near the Arch of Galerius. Looks more like a house than a church. When you access the site it occupies enter a kind of narthex into 3 naves separated by columns.
The name of the fifth century Christian basilica means "made without hands." In the twelfth century people started calling it by this name when an icon of the Virgin appeared miraculously in the church. It has a wooden roof and is one of the first churches with a three-nave basilica, about 28 m wide and 36.5 m long. Its eastern end is a barrel vault, while the west side has a narthex flanked by towers. The three naves are separated by columns, while the two side aisles have galleries above them. At the eastern end of the north aisle is a chapel dedicated to St. Irene. The present entrance is through an arch that connects the lobby to the main hall. The south side is a monumental gateway. After the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1430, the acheiropoietos was the first church to become a mosque by order of Sultan Murad II. During Ottoman times it remained the main mosque of the city under the name of Eski Camii (Mosque Antigua). An inscription survives in the north. N 40 ° 38'6 01 "E 22 ° 56'53 .14"
I think this place is better than the tourist office and museums in the town. This is because it is a library of the historic town, with books that tell of the Turkish rule, the era of the great city of the Mediterranean and the Jewish and Greek Thessaloniki. Also, I also found a large number of books in French and other languages here. There is also a large section that is devoted to tourism (such as airline tickets/queries, tickets for cultural events, etc..).
The church of the Prophet Elijah is a typical construction comprising monastery and church. The structure is covered by a dome. In each of the northern parts there is an enclosed circular structure. In the west there is a peristyle which is used to educate students of theology and preach to the congregation in general. There are many traces of the original paintwork. It is a beautiful place, located high in the city walls. The church was the main church of a monastery built in the fourteenth century. The monastery was that of Akapnios, dedicated to Christ. The church, like many of Thessaloniki, became a mosque after the Ottoman invasion of 1430 and was restored as a place of Christian worship after the liberation of the city in 1912. Almost all the frescoes and murals were taken by the Turks. From 1987 a program of excavation around the church was initiated. Objects and jewelry dating from the Byzantine era were found here.
I intentionally wanted to go to the White Tower of Thessaloniki in the evening. The Tower changes colors and mirrors a day that dies and leaves us the best of itself. I almost fell from my wheelchair, feeling privileged to see this beautiful site.
The Monastery of St. Theodora was founded in the ninth century. Restoration, however, was carried out in 1953. I liked its location between buildings, as if isolated from the noisy city but also fit right into it. There are 43 registered monks in this monastery. Located in the historical center of Thessaloniki, Ermou Street, near Plaza of Aristotle.