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Hotel Great Britain

Only the façade of the original building of the Great Britain Hotel has been preserved.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1925 Completion of construction.

    1927 Housed the city hall until 1931.

    1932 Turned into a hotel.

    1957 The second to last floor was added.

  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 former “Great Britain Hotel” is a luxurious building of the time with neoclassical architecture and eclectic aesthetics. It was an A class hotel and today houses a department of the Aristotle University. In addition to its structure, among the neoclassical elements are also the projecting ends of the rafter, while the renaissance-style floral decorations and garlands belong to the eclectic ones. Each floor is decorated differently, as can be seen from the window decorations. The top two floors are later additions and in retreat. The last floor has a more contemporary architectural style, while the columns of the second to last floor maintain the continuity of the building’s vertical lines.

What I can't see

Originally, it was built to house offices and residences. Later, it was converted into a hotel. The name “Great Britain” used to be prestigious for a hotel, and there were hotels with this name in many cities. It did not only refer to the corresponding luxury hotel in Athens, but also highlighted the desire of the Greeks of the time to acquire a more European identity and leave the Ottoman past behind. The original designs by architect Max Rubens included some curves (e.g. to some balconies), a characteristic of Rubens’ style.


  • Address: 46 Egnatia St.


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Kolonas V., (2012), Η αρχιτεκτονική μιας εκατονταετίας: Θεσσαλονίκη 1912-2012, [The architecture of a century: Thessaloniki 1912-2012] University Studio Press


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Last visit 16/5/2024