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Modiano Market

Although Modiano Market belongs to the eclectic buildings, it is peculiar because of its morphological stringency

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1922 Built.

    1925 Inaugurated.

    2022 Renovation completed.

  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

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 food stores and cafe- restaurants.

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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Kazantzidou Ν., (2013), Ο χάρτης της πόλης: Η Αγορά Μοδιάνο πωλείται, [The city’s map: Modiano Market is on sale], Parallaxi

Last visit: 30/7/2015

Kolonas V., (2012), Η αρχιτεκτονική μιας εκατονταετίας: Θεσσαλονίκη1912-2012, [The architecture of a century: Thessaloniki 1912-2012] University Studio Press