"The Crypt of Aghios Demetrios" Agios Dimitrios Church Tip by dimilag

Agios Dimitrios Church, Thessaloniki: 17 reviews and 39 photos

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  • The Crypt of Aghios Demetrios - Thessaloniki

The crypt of Aghios Demetrios has been an archaeological site since its discovery
in 1918. After 1950, some of the sculptures that survived the great fire of 1917,
were transfered by S. Palakanides in the area of the fountain in an effort to remodel
the whole place. In the years 1985-1988, excavations were conducted in the north
part of the Crypt, and its remains were restored. An exhibition was organized,
including the excavation finds as well as the antiquities that were rescued from
the catastrophic fire. A pamphlet on the exhibition has already been published,
but a proper guide book to the museum is now in preparation. The museum
contains early Christian sculptures of the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries found in the church,
Byzantine sculpture from the church, dated to the 11th-14th centuries, and various
excavation finds (coins, pottery), dated to the 5th-14th centuries. The most important
exhibits of the museum are: The fountain of the holy water and holy oil, which is
connected with the cult of Saint Demetrios. Three phases are distinguished,
dated to the 4th, 6th and 12-13th centuries, respectively. The reconstructed ambo
(pulpit) of the church, dated to the 6th century. In the 7th century it was built in
the wall where it is still exhibited. Two small early Christian pillars from the sanctuary.
Dated to the 5th century A.D. Fragments of the decorative elements of a burial
monument. Dated to the 14th century. Architectural sculptures (columns, parapets etc.),
belonging to the first architectural phase of the church. Dated to the 5th century
A.D. Mosaic votive inscription. It was part of the decoration of the church that was
destroyed by the fire in 1917. Fragments of icons of the Holy Virgin. They were
part of the relief decoration of the church, dated to the 11th and 12th centuries.
Fragments from the altar ciborium. Dated to the 13th century A.D. Fragments of
middle Byzantine sarcophagi. Corinthianizing capitals from the first architectural
phase of the church.

Address: 83, Aghiou Dimitriou str., Thessaloniki
Directions: 600m N of Aristotelous square
Phone: 0030 2310 270591
Website: http://www.inad.gr/

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  • Written May 27, 2007
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