Although Modiano Market belongs to the eclectic buildings, it is peculiar because of its morphological stringency
Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )
2022 Renovation completed.
Ottoman era (1453- 1912)
Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)
Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)
Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)
Classical era (478-323 BC)
Archaic era (800-479 BC)
Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)
Prehistory (-1100 BC)
What I can see
Modiano Market is a stretched one-storey building with a glass roof and pediment façade. It has a basement, balconies, three aisles, in which 150 stores are housed, and consists of four stoas. It also provides natural light and ventilation through the glazing. Although it belongs to the eclectic buildings, it is peculiar because of its morphological stringency, i.e. the vertical symmetry in the façade, the separation into a base, main body and crowning and motifs reminiscent of Greek antiquity. The market includes meat shops, fish, vegetables and other high-quality food stores and taverns.
What I can't see
It was designed by Eli Modiano, in accordance to the European standards of the time and is one of the first buildings in the city, built with the technique of reinforced concrete. It was erected in the former Jewish district Kadi, which burned in the great fire. A big celebration took place at the inauguration. Champagne and caviar were offered to the rich and bread and cheese to the poor. For many decades it used to be the central market of the city. In former times itinerant musicians with clarinets and drums used to populate the place, which combined with oriental and traditional smells and flavours created a special type of atmosphere. The lack of the market’s maintenance led to the closing of several stores due to the loss of revenue. Consequently the building was privatised.
- Address: Komninon & Vas. Irakleiou St.
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Last visit: 30/7/2015
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