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The Muslim neighbourhoods in modern Thessaloniki

Ottoman public buildings in Thessaloniki
The Old Town of Thessaloniki

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Decoration in
the Bey Hamam baths
The Bey Hamam, the first bath-house in Thessaloniki, was built by Murad II and operated until the middle of the 20th century, as the 'Paradeisos' baths, 1444, Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki, Alaca Imaret Mosque
Late 19th century picture postcard with the Alaca Imaret built by Ishak pasha in Thessaloniki, 1487, Thessaloniki, G. Megas archive.

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Decoration in
the Bey Hamam baths

Thessaloniki, 1444


Thessaloniki, Alaca Imaret Mosque

In the course of five centuries of Ottoman occupation, countless religious and public buildings were erected in Thessaloniki. New mosques went up, such as the Alaca Imaret built in 1484 by Ishak Pasha, and the Hamza Bey Cami (the present day Alkazar), erected around 1468.

The Turks also built 'meskit' (small places of worship), 'medreshe' (religious schools), 'mekteb' (schools), 'turbe' (mausoleums) and 'tekke' (monasteries), such as the Mevlevihane Tekkesi. 'Imaret' (poor houses), aqueducts, fountains, markets and 'karavan-serai' (inns) were scattered throughout the better districts.

The cleanliness of the population was provided by public baths, such as the Bey Hammam, the city's first and largest Turkish bath, constructed by Murad II in 1444, the Pasha's Hamam and Yeni Hamam.

See Also
Civilization - Late period of Ottoman rule (1700-1913)


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