Friday 27 November 2015

Zeitenlik - (Allied Military Cemetery)

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TZejtinlik ThessalonikiThe Zeitenlik, also known as Serbian Cemeteries is located in Lagada St on the West part of the city one and a half kilometers north of “Vardari” plaza. It is a unique monument that reminds us of the legacy of all those who fought for freedom almost a century ago (1914-1918).

While the flames of the “Great War” were still burning high, terrible battles took place in the heart of the Balkan countries thus forming the “Macedonian Front”. Winning this battle turned out to be important and crucial for the outcome of the entire war.

The legacy of the greatest conflict

The casualties were devastating for all sides. More than 20.500 soldiers of the countries that fought along the Entente alliance during the First World War were buried here making Zeitenlik the biggest military necropolis in Greece.

TZeitenlik tomb ThessalonikiIt is believed that this specific location was preferred because of the pre-existing catholic cemeteries and also because of the conversion of the neighboring buildings into hospitals. In 1920 the Greek government bought the land and ceded it to the allies after signing the initial foundation agreement among each nation.

Every year in October 11th representatives of the allied nations, the few remaining veteran soldiers and relatives gather here to honor all those who sacrificed their lives.

A number of ceremonies are being held in honor of the fallen allies’ soldiers.

The cemeteries accept many visitors from the Balkan countries, especially from Serbia. Each one of the five countries has its own sector (France, Serbia, Russia, United Kingdom, Italy,).The beautiful monument on the Serbian sector of the cemeteries was built in 1926 - 1936. Relics, flags dated back to the First World War and other important historical objects lie inside.

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