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Agia Ekaterini church

Agia Ekaterini church is a Byzantine church in Ano Poli.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1947 Restoration works began. They were completed in 1951.

    1978 Fixing works due to earthquake.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

    1510 Possible year of conversion to a mosque.

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

    It was built in the late 13th to early 14th century, probably around 1310. The frescoes are from the same period.

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The church of Agia Ekaterini is a typical example of the architecture of the Palaiologos dynasty era (late Byzantine period). It is a composite four-column inscribed church with 5 domes and an ambulatory ending in 2 chapels. It has a human scale, rich ceramic decoration, niches on the domes, stepped arches, plinth semi-columns, marble architectural members from older monuments, elegant proportions and other interesting architectural elements that make the church a rare example of the Paleologian renaissance in Macedonia. During the Ottoman period, it was converted into a mosque. When it was restored as a Christian church, few but excellent frescoes were discovered, examples of the city’s artistic heyday. The frescoes have a unique realism and include the Eucharist and Communion, scenes from the life of Christ and saints, angels and prophets.

What I can't see

There were many Byzantine churches in Thessaloniki. According to tradition, they were over 350. The available sources refer to more than 50 churches and 40 monasteries. Today, a total of 15 are preserved. We do not know what the original name of the church was. Perhaps it was dedicated to Christ and may have been a monastery’s main church. When it was converted into a mosque, it was named Yakup Pasha Mosque.


  • Address: Ious & Tsamadou St.


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