Neoclassical Buildings

Customs House

Customs House stands in Thessaloniki Port. It was built in 1910 on designs of Eli Modiano. The views of the building follow neo-renaissance lines.

Ottoman Bank

On the corner of Frangon and Leontos Sofou streets. It was built in 1903 on designs by Barouh and Amar on the site of an older building destroyed by sabotage by the Bulgarians in April of the same year. It belonged to Jake Abbot. The Turkish Sultan Abdlmecit I was a guest here in 1858, when he visited Thessaloniki. Later the building housed the Thessaloniki branch of the Imperial Ottoman Bank. Today it is the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.


Dioikitirio stands in Dioikitiriou square between Agiou Dimitriou, I. Dragoumi, Cassandrou and Proxenon streets. It houses today the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace. The building commenced in 1881 based on designs by the Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli. It was in this building  that the Turkish general Hasan Taxin Pasha signed over the city of Thessaloniki to the Hellenic Army on 26th October1912. The top floor was added in 1955.

Villa Allatini

It is located between Plutonos and V. Olgas's and Kydonion streets in the Depot locality. It was built before 1888 to designs by Vitaliano Poselli and in 1909 became used as the residence of the deposed Turkish sultan Abdul Hamit II. In 1926 it housed briefly the newly founded University of Thessaloniki and two new wings were added in 1929. Later it became the 424 Military Hospital.

Martiou Neoclassical Building

It was designed by Xen. Paionidis and built in 1905 as the residence of the Turkish divisional commander Sayfoulah pasha. Today it belongs to the Municipality of Thessaloniki and hosts the Municipal Art Gallery.

Folklife and Ethnological Museum

It was built as a residence around 1906 by Lako Modiano and designed by Eli Modiano. After the liberation of the city, the house was bought by the Municipality of Thessaloniki to provide accommodation for the king on his visits to Thessaloniki. Later it housed successively the Military Medical School, the Ecclestiatic School and finally in 1970 the Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia.

Villa Bianca

It was built in 1912 by the Fernandez-Diaz family on designs by Pierro Arrigoni and is associated with the romantic affair between Alini, daughter of the Fernandez house, and Second Lieutenant Spyros Alibertis. The building is a characteristic example of "tower-like" architecture with eclectic classical and renaissance features combined with an Art Nouveau feel. It was bought by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and restored for use for cultural events.

Lazariston Monastery

Lazariston Monastery was built in 1886 by monks of the Order of St. Vincent of Paul, who became widely known by the battalion headquarters in the church Saint-Lazare in Paris. During the Balkan Wars, the building was used as the hospital and military headquarters of the French army. Since then, the building changed several uses until the 1978 earthquake when it was designated as dangerous and evacuated. The monastery has become an important cultural center after the restoration in 1997.


Located in HANTH square, among the White Tower, the State Theatre and HELEXPO. It was built in 1924 and designed by architect M. Delladetsima combining eclectic style elements and neo-byzantine morphological standards.

The Red House

The Red House (originally Loggou Mansion) is located in Agia Sophia square, southwest of the homonymous church. It was built in 1926 by architect Tzenari and is a rather remarkable edifice of that era due to its tower shape, the use of evident masonry on its facades and its elaborate "sahnisia" (0riels) and balconies.