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“Amazing find!”

Osios David (The Latomou Monastery)
Ranked #25 of 142 things to do in Thessaloniki
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amazing find!”
Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

The church is very beautiful and worth a visit to see the Beardless Christ mosaic. It is hard to find. Do NOT use the TA map locator as it has it in a completely wrong location on the other side of the city. From the Church it is relatively easy to continue to wander up the alleys to reach the town walls and follow them down to the city center.

Visited October 2013
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Rome, Italy
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“Go there in the Morning”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

The opening times are strange. So, it is recommended to hike up there in the morning. The palaeochristian mosaic in the church is unique and cannot be missed by anyone traveling to Thessaloniki.

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Lovely little church”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

The lady who guards the treasures at Osios David is wonderful. She will tell you all about mosaic of the beardless Christ and the meaning of various elements. It doesn't matter what language you speak, I'm not entirely sure what language she was speaking, but we understood exactly what she was saying! Do leave her money for the visit--we left 2 euros for two of us and it seemed to be right.
I read this great item in Fodor's about the church...
"To save it from destruction, the mosaic was hidden under a layer of calfskin during the iconoclastic ravages of the 8th and 9th centuries. Plastered over while a mosque, it seems to have been forgotten until 1921, when an Orthodox monk in Egypt had a vision telling him to go to the church. On the day he arrived, March 25 (the day marking Greek independence from the Ottomans), an earthquake shattered the plaster, revealing the mosaic to the monk—who promptly died."

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“My Favorite thing in Thessaloniki”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Very hard to find church which dates back to 400 AD. The first known "Beardless Christ" is an unbelievable mosaic which has miraculously been protected from the elements and Ottoman occupation. Well worth the walk up the hill to the old town. It is not always open and there is a volunteer curator who lives nearby who oversees the small church. She speaks only Greek. There can be no photography which is a shame. I have never seen it in a book but I was able to find an old postcard of the mosaic in a touristy tavern farther up the hill. Stop there after seeing the church for a coffee for the amazing view overlooking Thessaloniki.
The church closes a lunchtime so try to get there in the mornings around 10am. It also has services there, from what I could gather, although I don't know if it opens every Sunday for Orthodox Mass.
When you go, leave 1-2 Euros to the old woman there and for the upkeep of the building.

Visited May 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Well hidden gem”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Very well hidden amongst the very steep back streets of the old town of Thessaloniki. You will really have to search hard to find the entrance down a narrow side alleyway. The church itself is absolutely tiny - opening hours are 9-12 and 5 - 7pm. We arrived hot and bothered about 1.45pm one day but the old retainer allowed us in (charged 2 Euros). It was well worth it for a private viewing of David mosaic (not sure if the church itself could take more than 10 people at once). Lots of other artefacts to see and having the church to ourselves meant that we were able to have a good look around.

Visited April 2013
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