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.
Yahudi Hamam (Jewish Bath)