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When you walk around Thessaloniki, it is hard to grasp just how long and varied this city’s history is. From ancient times (Thessaloniki is named after Alexander the Great’s half-sister) through today, the center of Greek Jewish scholarship and community has been Thessaloniki. Once boasting a Jewish population of 56,000 strong, the community was decimated by the Nazi occupation in 1941 and today only 1,200 Jews live here. But the core of the community is solid, and the continuous Jewish community of Thessaloniki is unparalleled for a city of this size.
On your tour, immerse yourself in this legendary city and see the Turkish monument of Bedesten and the Hamza Bey Mosque, both of which speak to the centuries of Ottoman history in Greece, and the unique fusion of patterns and architecture brought about from this long union. Stroll the historic markets of Modiano and Allatini, where you can barter for good the way Greeks have for centuries. Visit the Acheiropoietos and Hagia Sophia of Thessaloniki Churches, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, dating from the 5th and 8th centuries. Visit the shining examples of Salonica Religious art. Museum of Byzantine Culture, which contains artifacts dating from the 2nd century to the 20th century. There is a Jewish Museum that hosts artifacts from the early days of Jewish settlement through today. And reflect at the Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the tens of thousands of Jews from Thessaloniki who were murdered by Nazi violence. Join us and learn about the multitudes of Jewish life in this city defined by its religious and cultural possibilities.
See also: Discover Jewish Greece 2019, our special group tour in October 2019.
If you would like more information on our private Jewish heritage tours in Thessaloniki, please fill out the form below - or call us directly under +49 30 61 62 57 61.