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Old August 28th, 2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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Saint Dimitrios Thessaloniki

before 3 weeks I was in Thessaloniki and went to
Saint Dimitrios (in Greek Agios ) Church in Thessaloniki and took some pictures….

Al little bit of history before we proceed….

Saint Dimitrios was born in 280 AD in Thessaloniki and died a martyr to his Christian faith about 303 AD. When Constantine the Great gave an end to the persecutions of the early Christians (324 AD), a small church was built at the place of his martyrdom, near the ruins of the old Roman baths and near the stadium of the city. As thousands of pilgrims were coming to genuflect there, in 413 AD a big church was built, overlooking the entire city. This church, with some restorations and extensions, survived until the 3-days big fire of 1917 that destroyed the centre of Thessaloniki. Later it was rebuilt keeping exactly the same style. Saint Dimitrios is the patron saint of Thessaloniki. In 1912, during the First Balkan War, the Greek army entered the city on the day of his memory: the 26th of October, offering double glee to the Greek population of Thessaloniki. Some architectural elements and artistic mosaics of the old church have been preserved in the new church.


here is the front view of the Church

the first picture isnt mine but I liked it so I am gona post it

and now lets see my pics....

Now lets go insite and have a closer look to the interior of the Church
yeah at first 2-3 pics from the Web the reason is that they are taken from above just to have an general view of the look....

Now lets go on with my own pictures in the inside of the church

Now lets go to the crypts
before we continue with the photo tour a little history about the crypts

The underground crypt of the church, that used to be Roman public baths. Down there took place the martyrdom of St Dimitrios.
Here St. Dimitrios was kept as a prisoner by the Romans.
Today the Crypt houses a small museum of articles found in and around the church. The entry is from inside the church, a marble staircase to the southeast part.

and now lets go inside

Now again out of the crypts and back to the Church

the holy water... (the most people when they come the first time drink from the water)

Here are kept the relics(bones) from St. Dimitrios
a lot of people of the Orthodox world come here to knee in front of
Saint Dimitrios to tell their pain and wishes people that suffer from Illnes and their only hope is the believe....

and here the relics of Saint Dimitrios

so the tour is finished....
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Old August 28th, 2005, 12:42 PM   #2
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Great tour! The inside is great, so many details
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