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Church of Panagia Chalkeon

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Dikasterion Square Intersection with Egnatia, Thessaloniki Greece
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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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Patricia71409 wrote a review Oct 2020
United Kingdom71 contributions26 helpful votes
Small little church on corner of road, with an excellent feel inside. Worth a visit and nice gardens outside. Good location near Venizelos statue and popular square area and market.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Carol A S wrote a review Jan 2020
Marietta, Georgia4,206 contributions776 helpful votes
The Church of Panagia Chalkeon is an 11th-century Byzantine church located at Dikastirion Square, north of the intersection of Via Egnatia and Aristotelous Avenue. Its name translates as "the Virgin of the Copper-smiths", from its location in an area traditionally occupied by the city's copper smiths. The church was built in 1028 in a classic "cross-in-square-form" typical of Macedonian-period architecture, with four columns and three domes (one central and two over the narthex). The entire building is built of bricks, which gave it the popular nickname "Red Church". The church is in a lovely fenced garden; arches and setbacks gives the exterior a "sculpted" appearance. The interior of the church is divided into three sections: The narthex, the naos (the central square of a ‘cross-in-square’ plan), and the sanctuary. Column capitals have reliefs of laurel leaves and knot patterns which contain crosses and rosettes in them. The lintel of the royal door leading from the narthex into the naos is decorated with a twisting band design, forming squares and circles in relief. The walls were originally covered with paintings at the time the church was built (most lost), but the few remnants are in good condition. A few 14th century paintings appear on the west wall. The church is open daily, free of charge. A donation is gratefully appreciated.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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roaming_kiwi58 wrote a review Nov 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand2,639 contributions518 helpful votes
There are lots of churches in Thessaloniki, including some lovely Byzantine churches. The church of Panagia Chalkeon is one of them. It dates from the 11th century. Thessaloniki is a good town to do a walking tour and this church should be included on your route. We walked all round Thessaloniki from the port, where we arrived on a cruise ship.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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RodDeeRoads wrote a review Jul 2019
Dublin Ireland115 contributions94 helpful votes
This church dates back to the early 11th century and is simply beautiful. Its name means "The Church of the Virgin of the Coppersmiths" because the area was once the centre for the city's coppersmith artisans and it was those businesses that paid for the building of the church. It is thought that the church was built on the site of where an ancient Greek temple once stood. The minute you enter into the lobby area you are hit by the very strong atmosphere of the space, which was added to, on the day we visited, by a powerful aroma of incense. The main body of the church is very small but the walls are just packed with gorgeous frescoes and iconography. The dome seems like a bright bowl, way above your head due to its height and the way it's lit by natural light from small windows versus the small and very dark floor area. It is a wonderfully peaceful place to spend time and reflect. Additionally, the gardens outside add a lovely feeling of freshness to the area.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Θανάσης Κ wrote a review Jun 2019
Thessaloniki, Greece160 contributions60 helpful votes
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Don't miss the byzantine masterpieces of Thessaloniki! Not even the smallest ones! And the church of Panagia Chalkeon (=Virgin Mary of the blacksmiths) couldn't be an exception! It was built in 1028. Don't forget to have a look at the beautiful fresco of the Last Judgement on the narthex's upper wall!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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