WESTERN THESSALONIKI – THE INDUSTRIAL INHERITANCE
In the middle of the 19th century, the first industrial facilities began to appear in Thessaloniki, marking the city’s passage to the industrial era. Being pioneers at the time, these facilities inaugurated constructing with revolutionary methods and materials, patterning after the European innovations. The industrial landscape is composed of production units (flour and spinning mills, tanneries etc.), transport networks (railway, port, tram) and infrastructure (gas, electricity and water supply).
Wandering around western Thessaloniki, we notice the city’s evolution from when it represented one of the most influential administrative and commercial hotspots of southeastern Europe. Setting off from Villa Petridi, an emblematic building looming over the western border of the city center, and heading towards the Slaughterhouses district, we explore various industrial complexes, the buildings’ shell of which -even though inactive- are preserved to this day.
The purpose of this route is for the visitors to discover the industrial inheritance of the city, the history and the architectural evolution of the industrial facilities of the district, which, along with the Port and the Old Railway Station, formed the industrial character of the city since the middle of the 19th century, for about a century.
23-24 October 2021
10:00-15:00, new tour every 15′’
Nousias Tannery (Block 33)
approximately 2 hours
photo: Giannis Simitopoulos
- Area WEST
- Open House OPEN WALKS