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French Institute

French Institute stands out for the manipulative plasticity of materials and functionality of consolidated openings.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1970 Construction completion. Inaugurated one year later, after a cessation of the 4-year-old institution, due to a fire in its previous building.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  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 French Institute is one of the city’s most important institutions. It is housed in a building of modern architecture, designed by Demosthenes Molfessis. Originally, it had 14 rooms, with an additional four rooms added later, bringing its total capacity to 160 persons. The trapezoid shape of the classrooms facilitates the use of audio-visual methods. It is a simple construction with exposed reinforced concrete, adapted to its urban environment and attempts to project its cultural function. It stands out for the manipulative plasticity of materials and functionality of consolidated openings.

What I can't see

It was first established as the French High School (1906) by the French People’s Expedition, with the purpose of converting Orthodox, Jews and Muslims, while Thessaloniki was still under Ottoman rule. Thirty years later, it operated as a cultural foundation for the first time. The French Institute is active in the following areas: 1) the hosting of French language courses and exams, 2) information on studying in France, 3) the arts, with an emphasis on the visual arts and participation in major cultural events in Northern Greece. The Institute used to house the French Consulate Headquarters and the School of Modern Greek Language of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.



Katzouraki Α., (ed.), (1972), Κτίριο Γαλλικού Ινστιτούτου στη Θεσσαλονίκη, στο Αρχιτεκτονικά Θέματα, [French Institute Building, Thessaloniki] v.6, p.p.181-183, NTUA

Kolonas V., (2012), Ηαρχιτεκτονικήμιαςεκατονταετίας: Θεσσαλονίκη1912-2012, [The architecture of a century: Thessaloniki 1912-2012] University Studio PressMolfessis and collaborators, (d.u.), Έργα: Γαλλικό Ινστιτούτο Θεσσαλονίκης, [Works: French Institute of Thessaloniki]

Last visit 1/11/2014

Τzimou Κ., (2013), Η πόλη στο χθες και στο σήμερα: Γαλλικό Ινστιτούτο, [The city yesterday and today: French Institute] Parallaxi,

Last visit 1/11/2014