“Vassilisis Olgas” used to be one of the most elegant and rich areas of the city, home of many aristocratic families of Thessaloniki since the late 19th century.
Treasures of Eclecticism
A number of very important historic buildings some of which have marked the city’s history through a number of critical events are gathered here. Wealthy Greek, Jew, Turk and European merchants and politicians constructed most of these masterpieces.
Several of them have been preserved after painful restoration efforts (Villa Mordoch, Villa Kapantzi, Villa Bianca and more), while others unfortunately still wait to get a second chance after many decades (Jeborga (Salem) Mansion and more). Each one of these unique mansions has its own story to tell!
Today a number of galleries, cultural and historical institutions are being housed on the majority of the restored buildings thus reminding us of the city’s beautiful multicultural past. A part of the old city that still stands the test of time.
The Open House Festival offered us an inside view of these treasures allowing us to further understand their importance along with some wonderful photos that remind us of the detailed colorful decoration, the impressive furnitures and motives of the inspiring Eclecticism style of the 18th century.
Thessaloniki remained its center for a long period of time while each community adopted its own style and features! Choose a sunny day and discover one of the most historic Anenues of the city! Believe us, it will be a wonderful experience!
- You can easily go to “Vassilisis Olgas” St. by taking a bus, taxi or even walk, while following the beach line along “Nea Paralia” is another way of discovering these well hidden treasures.
- If you wish to visit more masterpieces of Eclecticism, the beautiful Vila Petridis awaits you at the city's Western entrance! One of the few mansions located outside Vasilissis Olgas Avenue, in Anageniseos Street.
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