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Agios Dimitrios Church

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The Church of Agios Dimitrios in Thessaloniki is dedicated to the memory of Dimitrios, the martyr and patron saint of Thessaloniki.

 


It was first built in 413 AD but after the fire of 612 which completely destroyed it, the church was rebuilt and preserved until 1917 when it was completely destroyed during the Fire of 1917. Its restoration began in 1926 and was completed in 1948. After the fall of Constantinople and until 1912, the church had been converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.
Agios Dimitrios in Thessaloniki is one of the most magnificent monuments of the Greek East. It is representative of the five-aisled basilica with a transept style. Although so many centuries have passed since its construction and despite the damage it has suffered from fires, earthquakes and restorations, it has preserved its authentic style and spirit of grandeur that characterize the architecture of the time, as well as its magnificent and timeless artistic value and style, as we can judge by the parts that have remained intact.
 The crypt hosts an exhibition of the sculptures that decorated the church in the different phases of its history.