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Gardens of Pasha

Gardens of Pasha are among the sole surviving imaginative architectural ensembles in the country.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1922 The deterioration of the Gardens occurred mainly due to the wave of Greek refugees, during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey. With these materials, refugees repaired the houses of the departed Turks.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

    1904 A sign informs us that the work dates back to 1904.

  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

Inside this 1,000 square-metre green area, there are unusual constructions made from rough stones and bricks: a fountain, an arcade, a raised seating area, a cistern and a small gate that leads to the basement. The view of the city from this site is impressive in places, to say the least. This park is not fully cared for by the competent authorities and is sometimes closed to the public.

What I can't see

These free decorative constructions are among the sole surviving imaginative architectural ensembles in the country. They are somewhat reminiscent of the cocurrent works of Gaudi in Barcelona’s Park Guell. They were part of the large garden of the Agios Dimitrios hospital. More structures may have existed here, which have not survived. We know neither who its architect was nor where the name “Gardens of Pasha” comes from. During its construction, the then Ottoman administration put forward several modernizing and landscaping projects in the city, which at the time had a vibrant, cosmopolitan bourgeoisie. The area chosen for its construction was outside the city walls in the historic core of the city and was an airy open space which offered an opportunity for a stunning view to the city and the sea.


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Last visit 20/3/2014

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Last visit 20/3/2014