The southern side of Agias Sophias Street boasts several interesting historical buildings that belong to a variety of architectural trends and eras.
Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )
Ottoman era (1453- 1912)
1890 Widened after the devastating fire of 1890.
Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)
Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)
Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)
Classical era (478-323 BC)
Archaic era (800-479 BC)
Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)
Prehistory (-1100 BC)
What I can see
Agias Sophias Street is vertical to central city axes and almost 1.3 km long. It starts at the seafront and reaches the Ano Poli (Upper Town). Its southern side boasts several interesting historical buildings that belong to a variety of architectural trends and eras (the Dimitriadis Mansion, the Museum of Macedonian Struggle, the Cathedral, Hotel Astoria, the Church of Hagia Sophia, the Loggos Mansion, the Terkenlis house, the Church of Our Lady the Achiropiitos), in spite of a clear dominance of modern buildings. The section between Tsimiski Street and Aghias Sophias Sq. has been pedestrianized creating a new promenade area in the midst of a vibrant shopping district.
What I can't see
Following the big fire of 1890, the road has been widened. The expansion attracted the era’s bourgeoisie, who built town houses –many of which are among the city’s architectural gems– as well as shops, hotels and medical centres. Agias Sophias Street was also called “Zante de Vente” during the interwar period.
Zafeiris Ch., (1997), Θεσσαλονίκης Εγκόλπιον, ιστορία, πολιτισμός, η πόλη σήμερα, γεύσεις, μουσεία, μνημεία, διαδρομές, [Thessaloniki Handbook, history, culture, the city today, flavours, museums, routes], Athens: Exantas