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Shalem house/ Italian Consulate

The Shalem house (also former Italian Consulate) belongs to the leading mansions of the time.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1878 Built by merchant Jeborga.

    1894 Manuel Rafael Shalem bought it from Anna Evelman-Ollman.

    1901 It was probably then leased to the Italian state, housing the Italian consulate. Sold to it in 1924.

    1978 It was severely damaged by an earthquake. The consulate was moved and the building has remained unused ever since.

    1984 Some basic repairs were done.

    2013 Adorned the promotional poster of the American horror TV series “Coven”.

  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

This rare building of neo-baroque eclecticism consists of 3 floors and is located in the centre of its garden. It also has plasticity, as its plan is not strict, but free. The facades are governed by symmetry and stylistic pluralism, and in them we see a synthesis of classicist, renaissance and baroque elements. On the main facade the marble staircase, the balconies, and especially the single balcony of the first floor stand out, which reinforces the monumentality of the stairs. Marble balustrades, false columns, relief frames and lintels, floral and spiral motifs, and Ionic capitals compose the rich decoration of the facade. The pediment, however, has incorrect proportions after earthquake repairs were done in an arbitrary fashion.

What I can't see

It was designed by Xenophon Paionidis. Inside, the rooms are arranged in a Π-shape, around an elongated central space divided in two by ornate glazing. Other interior decorative elements are the floral plasterwork, the carved lintels above the double-leaf wooden doors, and the ornate wooden floors. The mansion was bought by the Jewish lawyer Manuel Rafael Shalem, who was known for his participation in the negotiations of the Treaty of Lausanne. His son, Rafael Shalem, was a famous mathematician, from whom originated both the “Shalem Numbers” and the “Shalem” mathematical prize. During World War I, the mansion housed the consulate of Austria-Hungary and Serbia.


  • Address: 20 Vas. Olgas Av.


Ζafeiris Ch., (2014), Θεσσαλονίκη, η παρουσία των απόντων, η κληρονομιά Ρωμαίων, Μουσουλμάνων, Εβραίων, Ντονμέδων, Φράγκων, Αρμενίων και Σλάβων, [Thessaloniki, the presense of the absent, the heritage of Romans, Muslims, Jews, Doenme, Franks, Armenians and Slavs], Thessaloniki: Epikentro


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