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Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki is housed in one of the few eclectic buildings in the area, which survived the 1917 fire.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    2001 Τhe museum opened to the public.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

    1904 The building was constructed.

  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 Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki makes known the city’s heritage of the Sefaradites, after the 15th century. The Sefaradites were Spanish Jews, displaced in 1492, by Spain’s royals Ferdinandro and Isabella. The museum is housed in one of the few eclectic buildings in the area, which survived the 1917 fire. It hosts permanent exhibitions, photographic exhibitions, a research centre and a library. On the ground floor, gravestones, tomb stones and photos of the Jewish cemetery from around 1914 are displayed. On the first floor, the city’s Jewish history until the Second World War is shown, including architectural parts of synagogues destroyed by the Nazis and exhibits showing a general picture of the daily life of Thessaloniki’s Jews (paintings, letters, clothing, carpets). Finally, there is a special exhibition room about the Holocaust.

What I can't see

The museum’s mission is to preserve the history of the city’s Jewish population. These displays highlight the contribution of the Sefaradites, who brought cultural elements and knowledge from Western Europe to the Ottoman Empire. The community influenced 32 other Jewish communities, prompting the Jewish presence in Thessaloniki to peak in prosperity during the 16th century and Thessaloniki to be named the “Mother of Israel”. The biggest part of the Jewish quarter was destroyed in the 1917 fire but the “coup de grace” came in the German occupation with the killing of approximately 50,000 Thessalonian Jews in Polish concentration camps.



Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, (d.u.), Το Μουσείο, [The Museum]

Last visit 6/8/2014

Ζafeiris Ch., (2014), Θεσσαλονίκη, η παρουσία των απόντων, η κληρονομιά Ρωμαίων, Μουσουλμάνων, Εβραίων, Ντονμέδων, Φράγκων, Αρμενίων και Σλάβων, [Thessaloniki, the presense of the absent, the heritage of Romans, Muslims, Jews, Doenme, Franks, Armenians and Slavs], Thessaloniki: Epikentro

Israely Community of Thessaloniki, (d.u..), Εβραϊκό Μουσείο Θεσσαλονίκης, [Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki]

Last visit 6/8/2014