Thessaloniki

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Hilary

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Thessaloniki
« on: June 01, 2017, 11:05:56 AM »
Pine trees and the White Tower
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Hilary

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 10:50:41 AM »
Part of the Western Wall and Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2017, 11:38:15 AM »
The church of Agioi Apostoloi, Holy Apostles,
 Pomegranate Punica granatum
 Fig Ficus carica
and Bay Laurus nobilis

The church is known for its mosaics of 1315.
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Alisdair

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2017, 01:20:45 PM »
With those walls clearly visible, there's a splendidly bloodthirsty silver platter in the Benaki Museum, Athens, purporting to show St Demetrios saving the city by killing the Bulgarian pagan czar Kaloyan and thus lifting the siege
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Hilary

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2017, 04:54:41 PM »
I like his expression
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2017, 04:57:58 PM »
Municipal planting near the church of Agioi Apostoloi, Holy Apostles
Hypericum and Phlomis
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2017, 05:08:59 PM »
Hedera, Robinia pseudoacacia and a language lesson.
Near the church of Agios Dimitrios, Saint Demetrius
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2017, 02:43:30 PM »
This photo was taken for all of you concerned with
URBAN GREEN INFRASRTUCTURE
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2017, 02:50:17 PM »


The last time we were in Thessaloniki was in 2008 and I don't think the Forum,  and its underground Museum, was  open to visitors then.
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The Roman Forum dating from the late 1st century A.D.
It looks as if, after the excavations finished, the surrounding banks were covered with plants to stabilize the earth.
Some plants were more successful than others
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The Odeon
Now used for open air events.
The wide open space of the Forum has been sown with grass. Solanum elaeagnifolium, Germanos   has invaded this area

3 & 4
The underground Stoa
The entrance to the Stoa and some dandelion like plants
The Stoa entirely plant free

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Hilary

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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2017, 02:53:24 PM »
INFRASTRUCTURE
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Hilary

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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2017, 03:40:29 PM »
The Rotunda
On the way up to the Rotunda from the Arch of Galerius
Pink roses in the Rotunda garden
The Ablution fountain outside the door of the Rotunda
Note the thick trunk of a Jasmine plant covering the fountain.

The Rotunda was damaged in the 1978 earthquake. This was the first time I have been there since the scaffolding was taken away. Apart from the building itself the point of visiting the Rotunda was to see the mosaics again.

Here is a short film all about the Rotunda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8aGl9g0MdY
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2017, 12:52:38 PM »
To continue my Byzantine mosaic trail round Thessaloniki I went to the church of Acheiropoietos. This is one of my favourite churches as it is so light and airy. The mosaics are in the arches between the columns and there is a very informative notice on the wall.

The mosaics depict natural and symbolic designs. I did not manage to get a good photo; this is a scan from an old leaflet   

In the yard there was a long hedge of Trachelospermum jasminoides at its best.

There was also a structure for two bells which was covered with greenery, ivy, I think.
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2017, 11:29:23 PM »
I must look for this church next time I'm in Thessaloniki.
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Hilary

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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2017, 06:53:43 AM »
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/456

The UNESCO website about the churches of Thessaloniki with a photo of Acheiropoietos from an angle I have never seen.
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Charithea

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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2017, 01:53:00 PM »
Hilary, thank you for the Thessaloniki video. I am more informed now. We have never been there but my fellow  village choir members were in Thessaloniki about 2 weeks ago and took part in a musical festival.  They were telling me how beautiful the place is and the welcoming people they met.  Some of them have booked holidays for this summer so they can explore the flora of the place.  By the way, I apologise for my 'idiot' husband and his 'clues'. Imagine, I have had to put up with his 'thinking' for 49 years and English is my second language.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.