Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos, Thessaloniki

The Church of the Acheiropoietos is a 5th-century Byzantine church in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. It is located in the city's centre, at Agias Sofias street opposite Makedonomachon square.History and descriptionThe Acheiropoietos has been dated from its bricks and mosaics to ca. 450–470, making it perhaps the earliest of the city's surviving churches. It was modified in the 7th and again in the 14th–15th centuries. Known as the Panagia Theotokos in Byzantine times, it is dedicated to Mary. Its current name is first attested in 1320, presumably after a miraculous acheiropoietos ("not made by hands") icon of Panagia Hodegetria that was housed there. Byzantine sources also indicate that the cult of the city's patron saint, St. Demetrius, was also practiced there.The building is a three-aisled basilica, some 28 m wide and 36.5 m long, with a wooden roof. Its eastern end is a semicircular vault, while on the western side a narthex, flanked by towers, and traces of an exonarthex survive. The three aisles are separated by columns, while the two side aisles have galleries above them. At the eastern end of the northern side aisle, a middle Byzantine chapel dedicated to St. Irene is attached. On the northwestern corner of the basilica, the stairway leading to the galleries survives. The current entrance is through a triple-arched opening (tribelon) that connects the narthex with the main nave, while on the southern side there is a monumental entranceway, which probably connected the church with the city's Byzantine-era thoroughfare. Another small adjoining building on the south side has been identified as the church's baptistery. The modern roof is lower than the original, where the section above the central nave was elevated to allow light in.
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  • For me the best Magic Stadthalle most ardent Church. Mikri Alla terastias simasias. s a column left you will find the stamp of Turks when out on the town, so he began a new k kefalio in this. Don't miss!!!
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  • This is a great early Christian three-aisled timber-roofed Basilica preserved in very good condition. The Interior, despite the large size, has a special harmony and balance. Considerations (among many others): 1. The floors, made of marble from Prokoniso, which is the original. 2. The great capitals of Constantinople. 3. The surviving mosaics (5th century). 4. (several of them were concluded afterwards) frescoes, especially those with the faces of the witnesses to a bust. ALEXANDROS M.
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  • Built in the 5th century, the Church of Panagia Acheropiitos monastery is perhaps the oldest church of Thessaloniki and one of the oldest Christian churches throughout Greece. Is also one of the fifteen medieval monuments of Thessaloniki that joined to the list of UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1988. According to an ancient Christian tradition, the name of the Church comes from the icon of the temple created by Divine initiative and not by human hands. The Church is large and impressive, and is located in the central part of the city, North of the Temple of St. Sofia. I think it is worth the visit. Besides all these Byzantine churches of the city (which is hidden diamonds) the visit is free, not like in other places you need to pay a fee. So why not visit them?
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  • I was really impressed with this church. The old ancient pillars and frescos show you the age of this place. It's quite large and it's pretty impressive.
  • The oldest church in Thessaloniki dating back to the 5th century AD
  • I cannot believe my eyes. Παναγία Αχειροποίητος, the name only exists in english in google maps. Be serious google
  • Ancient church - it's definitely worth visiting due to the mosaics...
  • I think the prettiest church in the city.

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