Thessaloniki is not only the largest port and one of the most beautiful cities in Greece — it also known as the mother of Israel (la Madre de Israel). Sephardic Jews came to the city in the 15th century, after their expulsion from Spain. Over the next few centuries the Jewish population here became the largest in Europe. At the beginning of XX century, Thessaloniki not just had a large number of Jewish citizens — it was a Jewish city in essence. And then the great fire of 1917, both wars, WWI and WWII, had their devastating effect on Thessaloniki Jewry. Today Thessaloniki Jewish community, though small, is alive.
In many respects the Jews have contributed to this wonderful Greek city and left a trace reflected in unique architecture, exceptional character and delicious cuisine. There are lots of beautiful sights to see and history to rediscover.
Thessaloniki holds many testaments to the glory of the chosen people and traces of their rich culture in the city. It’s impossible to cover all the monuments of Jewish Thessaloniki in one excursion, so we offer a selection of sights. Here are a few examples.
There’s a colossal dimension of tragedy to these monuments, but they also hold lessons to be learnt today of all times and stories of bravery and compassion of ordinary people facing horror.
Another aspect where Jewish heritage can be traced is architecture. Jewish architectural sights present unique examples of creativity in architecture and hold memories of the past. One example is Casa Bianca. This mansion has traits of Renaissance and Art Nouveau, but it’s also famous for the story of forbidden love that defied taboos and survived the Holocaust. The building has been restored impeccably.
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Meet your guide at your hotel's reception (or any other meeting point).
The first idea and a marvelouse view of the city at the Trigonion Tower in Upper Town.
Memories & Faces of Jewish history of the city. Excursion in the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
Liberty square is where the Holocaust in Thessaloniki started 1942
Visiting the historic Synagogue of Monastirioton
The old Jewish cemetery (what is left of it...) & the Eastern Thessaloniki Jewish Settlements
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- Good mood and explorer’s spirit are a must - You’ll definitely want to document your journey, so make sure your digital devices have plenty of space for lots of photos and check their batteries - Pocket money for souvenirs, food and possible on the go expenses - Bottled water
- Since we’re going to visit holy places, please, wear casual, plain clothes covering knees and shoulders - Headcover and sunglasses if suited to the weather