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Kapani Market

The Kapani market is the oldest public market in the city and very reminiscent of an oriental bazaar.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

  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 Kapani market is the oldest public market in the city and very reminiscent of an oriental bazaar. The shops with traditional characteristics (e.g. two-story with arches on the façades) predominantly sell food and retail items. Here one can find high-quality products at low prices. The types of food and especially spices found here send the visitor into a tantalizing culinary experience of the refugees of Asia Minor, who established Thessaloniki as a culinary capital. The crowds and the intense activity of the day give way to calmness and guests of tsipouro restaurants and taverns in the evening. Despite the crisis, cafés have opened, and shops with traditional products have returned in recent years, and are a popular destination for visitors.

What I can't see

In Turkish tefteri, it is referred as Kapan-i Galle, but it is also called Vlali Market from the homonymous small square at the centre of the market. At this spot, the Turks hang Greek notables in 1821 due to the start of the Greek Revolution. In the Ottoman period, the market was called Un Kapan meaning flour bazaar. Since the beginning of the 20th century, it stopped being just a flour market and became one of various products and foods. After the fire of 1917, the types of shops were established depending on construction, function and morphology.


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Athanasiou F, Zygomalas D., Koniordos V., Makri E., Steriotou I., (2009), Περίπατοι κληρονομιάς στη Θεσσαλονίκη, [Heritage walks in Thessaloniki], Centre of History of Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greek Society of Environment and Culture, Thessaloniki annex

Field observation by scientific editors

Zafeiris Ch. (1997), Θεσσαλονίκης Εγκόλπιον, ιστορία, πολιτισμός, η πόλη σήμερα, γεύσεις, μουσεία, μνημεία, διαδρομές, [Thessaloniki Handbook, history, culture, the city today, flavours, museums, routes], Athens: Exantas