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Cinstern is a small archeological site on Olympiados Street.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1987 The first phase of the excavation began. Completed in 1989.

    2003 Maintenance and restoration works were completed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

    It is probably of the late Byzantine 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

On Olympiados Street, there is an archaeological site that few notice. It is a rectangular Byzantine cistern (water tank). Its dimensions are 19 X 11.7m and its height was approximately 7.5m. The walls are thick and plastered with hydraulic mortar. The marble architectural members come from older (early Christian) buildings.

What I can't see

The cistern was filled through a natural channel. A part of the cistern is buried under an adjacent plot. Finally, its roof consisted of 8 domes in pairs that were supported by walls and columns.


  • Address: 90 Olympiados St.


Avgoloupis S. I., (2021), Η άδεια κινστέρνα της Θεσσαλονίκης. Μια θεωρία συνωμοσίας, [The empty cistern of Thessaloniki. A conspiracy theory], in Ydrotechnika, Dpt of Civil Engeneering, AUTH, v.31, p.p. 22-25


Tzimou K., (2017), Το μυστικό στην οδό Ολυμπιάδος 90, [The secret at 90 Olympiados Street] in Parallaxi,

Last visit 8/7/2023


Tsaktsira L, Papanthimou K., Mantziou G., Kalogirou N., (2014), Θεσσαλονίκη, η πόλη και τα μνημεία της, [Thessaloniki, the city and its monuments], Thessaloniki: Malliaris Pedia