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Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos

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1, Hrodotou St Apostolou Pavlou, Thessaloniki 546 23 Greece
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Day Trip to Dion and Mountain Olympus from Thessaloniki
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Day Trip to Dion and Mountain Olympus from Thessaloniki

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Leave Thessaloniki for a day and discover ancient Dion and Mt. Olympus without the stress of public transport or hire cars. Travel to Dion Archaeological Park, home to city ruins dating from the 6th century BC; and explore its relics and museum. Next, visit Mt. Olympus, the home of the gods in Greek mythology, and walk in the Epinea Gorge to absorb the scenery surrounding the peak before returning.
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PETROS V wrote a review Jan 2020
Thessaloniki, Greece91 contributions13 helpful votes
A 14th century it pops up among the narrow streets of the old town through the walls.It is a Catholic of the older Byzantine Monastery and still remains a part of the historic Vlatades Monastery.The frescoes are considered unique style and quality! Their colors are excellent
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Carol A S wrote a review Jan 2020
Marietta, Georgia4,206 contributions804 helpful votes
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The Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos, an early 14th-century Byzantine church, is in the upper town, near the old western wall. The name, "the Orphan", might refer to its unknown ktetor (founder), or Saint Nikolas as the protector of orphaned children, or to an orphanage nearby. The church was built around 1310-1320, part of a monastery (traces of a gate survive on the east side). The original church was simple, with a single-aisle covered by a wooden gabled roof. Later, aisles were added on three sides, forming an ambulatory with several graves under the floor. The exterior masonry is plain, composed of irregular layers of brick and stone. The church is most notable for its vibrant frescoes, contemporary with the church's construction, covering most of the interior surface, superb examples of the Thessalonican school at the height of the Palaiologan Renaissance. They depict biblical scenes (mostly new testament); of note are representations of the Samaritan, the Virgin Paraklisi, Christ the Savior, Saint John the Baptist, Saint John the Theologian and the Adormition of Theotokos (Dormition of the Mother of God). The interior central aisle is connected to the others with double openings decorated with reused late antique capitals. The marble templon (the barrier separating the nave from the sacraments at the altar) is original. The monastery continued functioning throughout the Ottoman period (it was not converted to a mosque). The frescoes were uncovered and cleaned in 1957–1960 during restoration work. The Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos is one of 15 Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. It is open daily (hours vary) with no entry fee, although a donation is gratefully accepted.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Nicholas J wrote a review Dec 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom36 contributions9 helpful votes
A beautifully decorated late Byzantine church; humble exterior, magnificent interior. My favourite of many in Thessaloniki, the trek up the hill is well worth the effort (although the hop on/hop off bus takes you fairly close, I think).
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Ana L wrote a review Sep 2019
Navan, Ireland2,683 contributions1,049 helpful votes
I thought this was the most beautiful church in Thessaloniki, not only the inside, but also the outside part, with the garden, and inserted in an Ottoman neighbourhood, with the typical houses.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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alison h wrote a review Sep 2019
Chesterfield, United Kingdom32 contributions8 helpful votes
This small church has beautiful frescoes.and is really worth a visit if this is what you like. It is quite difficult to get to however and you would probably need to take a taxi.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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