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National Map Library

The National Map Library is housed in a building of traditional Macedonian architecture of the Ottoman period.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1917 Founded.

  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 full name of the institution is “European Centre for Communication, Information and Culture – National Centre for Maps and Cartographic Heritage – National Map Library”. It is housed in a building of traditional Macedonian architecture of the Ottoman period, with woodwork and “sachnisia” (projections). This particular building has a double “sachnisi” on one side, which is not often found in similar buildings of Ano Poli.

What I can't see

The purpose of the institution is the development and dissemination of cartography and maps in culture, education, administration and everyday life, and the development of digital cartographic tools, information and communication technologies. It collaborates with various organisations and individuals for the collection and digitisation of maps. The digital map library “Hecataeus’ is a real treasure for scholars and researchers. The National Map Library conducts studies and also holds lectures, exhibitions, seminars, workshops and other events on issues of European interest in local communities. To date, it has organised more than 25 presentations of maps, in cooperation with international institutions.



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

Chartographic Heritage Archives, (2011), ΤοΑρχείο, Συλλογές, Εκθέσεις, [The Archive, Collections, Exhibitions], General State Archives- History Archive of Macedonia

Last visit: 1/8/2015

Collective Work, (1985-6), Νεώτερα Μνημεία της Θεσσαλονίκης [Modern Monuments of Thessaloniki], Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Northern Greece