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Churches in the Old Town of Xanthi

In the old town you can see several churches around which extended the districts of the old town. All churches are three aisled as it was the only architectural type allowed by the Ottomans. This way they wanted to avoid the existence of imposing dome-shaped churches. 

The first churches such as Aghios Dimitrios church in Samakov area begun to be constructed in 1834 and was completed in 1940.

Pamegiston Taxiarchon church was built the same period on the ruins of an older one. In its interior dominates the impressive wooden chancel which was created in 1834. Also impressive are the icons of Jesus depicting him as the Great Archpriest, of Virgin Mary depicted as the Mother kissing Jesus and of Archangel Michael. All are dating back to 1841. A very beautiful icon is also the one depicting Archangel Michael and is embroidery made by an artist from Xanthi.

Aghios Georgios church built in 1835 is also remarkable and located in the tobacco market district. In this church you can see a remarkable bell tower of classic type.

Aghios Vlassios church is dating back to 1838 and has icons created during 19th century. The icon of Jesus depicted as the Pantocrator (he who holds everything) dominates in the church and was created in 1812.

Timios Prodromos church (Metropolitan church of Xanthi) was built in 1838 and destroyed by a fire in the beginning of 19th century. The church is of Byzantine style and has rich internal decoration. Its bell tower is also remarkable and was annexed to the church few years later. Impressive is also the icon of the Birth of John the Baptist created in 19th century, as well as the burial inscription dedicated to Bishop Evgenios. Right next to the Metropolitan mansion you can see a two storey building housing the office of the Bishop of Xanthi prefecture.

Follows Akathistos Imnos church built in 1861 with the remarkable and miraculous Panagia Theotokou Odigitria icon dating back to the 17th century.

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