Crypt of Agios Demetrios
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Living.The.Scottish.Dream
Glasgow, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The crypt is downstairs in a marvelous church, Church of Saint Dimitrios, in the middle of the city. This church is free to enter and it is usually busy with locals in prayer. Amazing inside. Even small kids were really amazed by the church and enjoyed roaming around the downstairs crypt. It's a must-see when you go to Thessaloniki.
Written 3 November 2020
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Mert bey
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
An extraordinary and very historical church that you can see in Thessaloniki. You should spend an hour to learn its' history and see every corner of it. It definitely deserves this. You can also explore the surrounding streets which are very relaxing.
Written 29 February 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
The Church of St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki is the most important and largest church in Thessaloniki. St. Demetrios is the protector of the city of Thessaloniki. The church dates back to the time of the Byzantine Empire when Thessaloniki was the second largest city in Byzantium just after Constantinople. Demetrios spread Christianity in this region, which is 306 years executed on the orders of Emperor Maximilian. The first chapel erected on the site of today's church dates back to the 4th century. According to the legend, there was a Roman bath in which the Romans killed St. Demetrios. Already in 413, the small chapel was converted into a velvet basilica, which burnt down in the fire at the beginning of the 7th century, after which built basilica with five domes of the same design as today's church. Inside the church there is a sarcophagus with the sails of Saint Demetrios. Museum exhibits are kept in a crypt under the church itself. It is interesting to walk through the hallways of the crypt and to visit the interesting chambers where the former fountain is now. In the 5th century, when the first Church of St Demetrios was built, the site of his martyrdom was incorporated into the church and the fountain was converted into a source of holy water. In the years that followed, the fountain acquired basins, from which the faithful could collect myron, the sweet-smelling oil produced by the saint's relics. The crypt was discovered in 1918, until then it was covered with earth. A really good free attraction and a worthwhile visit.
Written 12 February 2019
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece8,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
I visited the Church of Ayios Demetrios again in January.

We arrived a little before the church service was over, and at the end I stepped down the stairs and visited the crypt.

The crypt was discovered in 1918 and ever since it has been an archaeological site.

There was a great fire and many of the sculptures were destroyed but those that survived can nowadays be found by the fountain in the crypt.
It is indeed interesting to step down the stairs and visit it.

There are sculptures of the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries found in the church as well as Byzantine ones dated back to the 11th – 14th centuries, with various other excavation finds like coins and pottery that date from 5th to 14th centuries.
Written 21 February 2016
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_nikvandelul
Utrecht, The Netherlands3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
I didn't like this place, was very scary and my children left the church running outside and then a car hit them
Written 8 August 2018
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Apostolidou Georgia
Kilkis, Greece323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
a remnant of a bygone era-no visit to Thessaloniki is complete without visiting this hidden underground museum right below the church of Agios Demetrios-definitely a must- you need a guide though!
Written 6 September 2017
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Michael P
Tagaytay, Philippines1,291 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Our group of couples from the Prinsendam are on a self-guided shore excursion of Thessaloniki. The tourist info map and our offline phone gps easily led us to the Crypt of Agios Demetrios or Hagios Demetrios. Our information we collected prior to this cruise tells us this level of the ground gradually rose over the centuries resulting in this area acquiring the form of a crypt. According both to tradition and to archaeological findings, it was an old bathhouse, in which Demetrios was imprisoned. He was eventually martyred in 303 AD. During our visit the crypt appeared busier than the church above. We were grateful for the plaques that explain the inscriptions documenting the history of the church, together with figural sculptures of the Middle Byzantine period in one of the chambers. We also enjoyed the comfortable temperature of the crypt.
Written 31 July 2017
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Paul L
Zeist, The Netherlands16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Business
Interesting, as it was formerly a Roman bathhouse. Free entrance through the church, with adjoining gardens. Ignore the beggar gypsies outside the church on the square.
Written 15 September 2015
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Katerina F
Thessaloniki, Greece3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
It is one of those places where you enter and feel the centuries passing before your eyes! Mysterious atmosphere and awe! A hidden secret! Don't miss it!
Written 22 July 2015
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Bob R
Greater Sydney, Australia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Not being Greek Orthodox this church and catacombs are a MUST see in Thessaloniki. The story is that when they found St James body it smelled of perfume and I can assure you in the alcove where his ashes are kept that is all you smell it is beautiful . Go under the church and you will find the catacombs where he was found. Even if you are not religious this may change your mind.
Written 23 February 2015
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