Saturday 22 October 2016

Metropolitan Orthodox Temple of Saint Gregory Palamas

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TThessaloniki Saint Gregory Palamas In the center of the city just before the coastal avenue, on “Mitropoleos” Street, lies another worth visiting religious site, the Metropolitan church of St. Gregory Palamas.

The history of the place depicts the structural Evolution of the Byzantine architecture through its different phases. The earlier church was a three aisled Basilica type building, built in the late 13th century.

At the end of the 16th century, it was established as the Metropolitan temple of Thessaloniki, while it was destroyed in 1890 A.D. after a huge fire.

Apart from the considerable byzantine influences which can be easily detected, there are certain neo – classical elements, something quite reasonable, as the latest re-building efforts took place soon after the destruction.

One of the most beautiful temples of Thessaloniki

It's reconstruction was finally completed in 1914 thanks to the architectural designs of Ernst Ziller and the modifications of his greek colleague Xenofon Paionidis.

The building is based on the byzantine octagonal type while the main temple has a cross – shaped form, similar to many other Orthodox churches. The dominant byzantine legacy and beauty is still obvious in this important religious site.

Inside the temple you will be able to view the relics of Saint Gregory Palamas in whose honor the church was built. He lived in Thessaloniki from 1325 to 1359 A.D.

  A number of social and religious events of the Greek Orthodox community are being held here at a regular basis.

  The site is next to “Leoforos nikis” avenue, for some, the most vibrant and crowded street of Thessaloniki because of the numerous clubs and cafeterias. In the same street, (Mitropoleos) you will find some of the best shopping destinations in Thessaloniki if you are interested on clothing or fashion accessories. In the north, within a small walking distance you will find the city’s most famous and important shopping district, “Tsimiski” Avenue. Hundreds of fashion stores, boutiques, department stores and more await you there.

City: Thessaloniki (City Center)
Address: Vogatsikou St. 7, 54622
Telephone: 2310 261 216, 2310 227 677
Celebration: November 14

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