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Paleon Patron Germanou and Pavlou Mela Streets

Paleon Patron Germanou and Pavlou Mela Streets have a series of apartment buildings of the interwar period, of exceptional beauty.

  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

In addition to café-bars, various clothing and shoe stores and pastry shops, Pavlou Mela Street, which connects Hagia Sophia with the White Tower and is nicknamed “diagonal”, is a street with great architectural wealth. Some of the notable buildings are a) the Atlantis Mansion (1920-30) at number 35, an eclectic building, with Art Deco influences, angular facade, vertical projecting parts to emphasize the vertical axis and the top two floors added later (1967), b) the Mazlo apartment building (1936, by Maximilian Rubens) at number 22, a building of modern architecture with eclectic influences, 2 vertical erkers, clean lines, symmetry and harmonious ratio, c) At number 17 (1930), we see an eclectic building with art deco elements, relief decoration, protruding central axis of a continuous erker with curved sides and pediment ends in the upper part, a work by Alexandros Tzonis and Leonidas Paleologos, d) The eclectic building (1926) at Pavlou Mela and 98 Mitropoleos Streets, with 3 facades and 2 horizontal zones, with the lower one having arched openings and Art Deco elements, while the upper zone has stricter symmetry and eclectic decoration, e) the Eratyra Mansion (1929), with the name coming from the birthplace of the architect Alexandros Tzonis, a sample of urban apartment building of the time made of reinforced concrete, alternating vertical axes in projection that end in pediments and it is overall inspired by the aesthetics of the Viennese bourgeoisie. Paleon Patron Germanou Street links Egnatia and Tsimiski Streets and among its architectural masterpieces are a) the eclectic apartment building (1930) at number 19, b) at number 20, a building (1928) with an excellent exterior and interior composition, a sample of the then inclination to leave neoclassicism behind and introduce new trends (e.g. art nouveau), c) At number 22, a property of Mauson Gilet (1922), designed by Giorgos Manousos, with strong art nouveau influences, simple and symmetrical facade, the outermost parts in slight projection, which also have triangular pediment ends, and with the top floor being more intense in terms of decoration.

What I can't see

These two streets bear witness to the city’s many architectural phases and largely define its urban identity and urban development, most notably the smooth transition from Art Deco to the International style. Pavlou Mela Street was constructed in the former Dapag Hayderin district of Ottoman times, which was the city’s craft centre. The Hebrard committee envisioned a European-style street, with streetlights in the centre of the road surface, outdoor cafes and apartment buildings without ground-floor shops. Among the historical “hangouts” of Pavlou Mela Street have been the Ouzeri Tsitsani (Mazlo Apartment Building), the Elysia (1929) and Rivoli cinemas, the Almosino pastry shop and the Mandragoras bar-restaurant.


Gkagias N, (2022), Ο Παύλος Μελάς και ο δρόμος με το όνομα του, [Pavlos Melas and the street named after him], in Parallaxi

Last visit 4/12/2023


Kleanthidis P., (2023), Το μεσοπολεμικό κτίριο «διαμάντι» που στέγαζε το αγαπημένο μαγαζί των Θεσσαλονικέων, [The interwar “diamond” building that housed the favourite shop of the Thessalonians], in Parallaxi

Last visit 4/12/2023


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


Tsitiridis G., (2022), Ανακαλύψτε τα κτίρια της πόλης: Παύλου Μελά 17, [Discover the buildings of the city: 17 Pavlou Mela St.] in Parallaxi

Last visit 4/12/2023


Tsitiridis G., (2022), Ανακαλύψτε τα κτίρια της πόλης: Μέγαρο Εράτυρα, Παύλου Μελά 29, [Discover the buildings of the city: Eratyra Mansion, 29 Pavlou Mela St.] in Parallaxi

Last visit 4/12/2023


Tsitiridis G., (2022), Ανακαλύψτε τα κτίρια της πόλης: Μέγαρο Ατλαντίς, [Discover the buildings of the city: Atlantis Mansion] in Parallaxi

Last visit 4/12/2023


Tsitiridis G., (2022), Ανακαλύψτε τα κτίρια της πόλης: Πολυκατοικία Δ. Μαζλό, Π. Μελά 22, [Discover the buildings of the city: D. Mazlo apartment building, 22 P. Mela St.] in Parallaxi

Last visit 4/12/2023


Open House Thessaloniki (2017), Apartment Building on P. P. Germanou St., OHTH