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Church and Crypt of Ayios Dimitrios (Ayios Demetrios)

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Address: Corner of Odos Ayiou Dimitriou and Odos Ayiou Nikolaou, Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece
Phone Number: 2310 270008
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Ayios Demetrius

The church looks very ordinary from the outside, but the inside is worth seeing. The decoration is less ornate than most Greek Orthodox churches, but the ancient frescoes are in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The church looks very ordinary from the outside, but the inside is worth seeing. The decoration is less ornate than most Greek Orthodox churches, but the ancient frescoes are in a remarkable condition. The crypt is well worth a visit.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Nice old church full of history, a must for anyone who visits Thessaloniki. One of the most famous landmarks of the city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

On a business trip I wanted to visit the church and crypts as it is rated #1. While it is in much better repair than the Agia Sophia we had no guide for the crypts and nothing was in English. I would have paid for a guide because I could see that there is much history to tell and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Amazing to think that this huge church was started in 313, the same year that Christianity actually became legal in the Roman Empire. It is chock full of icons, frescos and mosaics, not to mention the shrine of the eponymous saint, which the locals queue up to kiss. A magical atmosphere and a reminder of what Byzantium was really like... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

from 4th century to now in order used as temple, basilica, church, mosque,church underground is more interesting

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

beautiful church. amazing architecture. you can feel the presence of saint dimitrios inside the church. better to go there around 6 because the priest should be there and you can ask for blessing from Saint Dimitrios scent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Saint Dimitrios was a great martyr and happens to be the patron saint of the city. The original church dates back to 324AD, the year that Emperor Constantine established Christianity as the official religion of the state. These days the church is transformed into an adoration center of the Saint. If for Athenians have the Acropolis, Thessaloniki has this Cathedral... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This wasn't a priority for us on our "Footsteps of Paul" trip, but our guide explained the historical and religious significance of Saint Demetrios to the Greek people. We were glad to see the church and crypt, although seeing people kissing the crypt was a little creepy...

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Brasov, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Whether spiritual or not, the Agios Demetrios church is a landmark not to miss when in Thessaloniki. The basilica dates back to the 4th century and one can still admire some of the original black marble columns from the Byzantine period, as well as some of the frescoes that have survived the Ottoman destruction. The Crypt offers a beautiful incursion... More 

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Limassol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The ambience of Agios Demetrios and the breath and span of the interior are trully magical. A strong recommendation even for the persons, like myself, who are not church goers.

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