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The Old Town of Thessaloniki

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House in the Old Town of Thessaloniki
House in the neighbourhood of Islahane, near the church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos in the Old Town, a typical example of the architecture of the late period of the Ottoman rule, 19th cent., Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki, Old Town
Early 20th century picture postcard with the Turkish quarter in the Old Town, 1800-1917, Thessaloniki, Th. Tsinopoulos archive.

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House in the Old Town of Thessaloniki


Thessaloniki, Old Town

The Old Town, within the Byzantine walls, was inhabited mainly by Turks, Donmeh (from the late 17th century), and Turkish refugees from Bosnia after 1878. The area was organized by narrow streets, some ending in squares, others in culs de sac. The houses, of one to three storeys, were surrounded by gardens or lush inner courtyards enclosed by a high stone wall.

Particularly impressive were the three-storey stone seraglios (mansions), with their projecting enclosed balconies ('sachnisia') and wooden lattice partitions, where, as in all Turkish houses, there was a clear separation between male and female quarters.

See Also
Travelling - The Jewish neighbourhoods in modern Thessaloniki
The Muslim neighbourhoods in modern Thessaloniki
The Greek neighbourhoods in modern Thessaloniki


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