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Church of the Acheiropoietos – Photo Gallery

Church of the Acheiropoietos (Thessaloniki) by Joy of Museums 4

Church of the Acheiropoietos – Photo Gallery

After Ottoman conquest of the Thessaloniki in 1430, the Acheiropoietos was converted into a mosque, by Sultan Murad II. Throughout the Ottoman period, it remained the city’s principal mosque under the name Eski Camii (“Old Mosque”).

Church of the Acheiropoietos (Thessaloniki) by Joy of Museums 3

The current entrance is through a triple-arched opening that connects the narthex with the main nave.

Church of the Acheiropoietos (Thessaloniki) by Joy of Museums 2

Entranceway, which connected the church with the city’s Byzantine-era thoroughfare.

Acheiropoiitos Church in Thessaloniki

The surviving parts of the church’s original interior decoration include 5th-century Ionian capitals, the green Thessalian marble columns, the original Proconnesian marble pavement of the central nave, and fragments of 5th-century decorative mosaics.

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The building is a three-aisled basilica, some 28 m wide and 36.5 m long, with a wooden roof. The three aisles are separated by columns, while the two side aisles have galleries above them.

Church of the Acheiropoietos roman era floor

Floor mosaics from an earlier Roman-era bath have been uncovered.

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Byzantine Mosaics in the Church of the Acheiropoietos

Church of the Acheiropoietos

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“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
– John the Baptist

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Photo Credit: JOM; By Vasarchit [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons;By Knop92 [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons; By G.Garitan [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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