In Rumelia

Thessaloniki Scrapbook, Part 2

Until the early 20th century over 20 mosques existed in the city but many of them perished in the great fire of 1917. After the Asia Minor expedition (1922), a population exchange was decided by the Greek and Turkish government that was completed by the end of 1924. Soon after the evacuation of Thessaloniki’s Muslim population, the Greek government decided to demolish the minarets. The Ottoman occupation was written of as a period of oppression and stagnation and any remains of that period could potentially threaten the new image of the city. In 1925 alone, 25 minarets were demolished in the city centre. Today the only minaret still standing in Thessaloniki is that of Rotonda, a roman building that was used as a church, then as a mosque, then again as a church and today is used mostly for art exhibitions.


I leave for Istanbul tomorrow (hence why I should pack and do laundry) so here are some images I’ve taken in Thessaloniki over the past couple of days to keep you all occupied (similar to my current scrapbook series) but with a twist: I decided to compare and contrast the buildings with some other images/illustrations I’ve found in the past few weeks. Hope you enjoy it.

Bey Hamam

Bey Hamam (2012)

Bey Hamam floorplan

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Hot chamber of the men's baths in the Bey Hamam

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An old photograph of the Rotonda

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Courtyard in front of the Rotonda entrance

(I'm also following the cat)

Inside the Rotonda

The lighting inside was absolutely gorgeous

Outside (behind the main entrance of the Rotonda)

Hamza Bey

Hamza Bey Mosque (under construction)

Earlier photograph of Hamza Bey Mosque

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Interior of the Mosque

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Security wouldn't let me get any closer

Small market behind the mosque. The barriers have already begun to see their share of graffiti

View of the mosque from Egnatia Street

Bezesteni Bazaar

Bezesteni Bazaar

20th century photograph of the Bezesten

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Yahudi Hamam (Jewish Bath)

Yahudi Hamam

One of the well-established flower shops next-door

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