Thessaloniki Saint Dimitrios Crypt

Thessaloniki Saint Dimitrios Crypt

Saint Demtrios Crypt, is located inside the church of Saint Demetrios above the Roman market. The crypt used to be the Roman Baths at which the thaumaturge patron prostate of Thessaloniki Saint Demetrios was imprisoned and later on (in 306AC) found a martyric death. In 380 AC when Theodosios became Christian and announced Christianity as the official state religion, the Christians of Thessaloniki rushed to honor St. Demetrios and erected a small temple at the place where according to the radition Saint Demetrios had martyred and buried. It was not long before this small temple of St. Demetrios became a center of worship of the Holy not only from Thessaloniki, but also from the whole Christian world. Christians from all parts of the state were arriving in Thesssaloniki to pray at the saints grave or to heal themselves from severe diseases using the water from the fountain of the temple which 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. Among the pilgrims was the prefect of Illyricum Leontes from Syrmio, which healed completely from his illness and out of gratitude to St. Demetrios, built in 413AC in the position of the small temple that existed, a new imposing church in honor of St. Demetrios. It is this church with various additions, repairs and furnishings which survived until the great fire of 1917, when it was destroyed. During Ottoman times the crypt was filled up with earth and was hidden until it was found again after the great fire of 1917. After 1917 both the church and the crypt were restored with great fidelity.

Address: Agiou Dimitriou 102, Thessaloniki 546 31, Greece
Open Hours: Monday: 12:30-19:00, Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday: 08:00-20:00, Friday and Sunday:10:30-20:00
Phone: 0030 2310 270591
Website: Thessaloniki Saint Dimitrios Crypt

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