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Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Painted balcony in a traditional village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Antonis Varvatsoulias)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Traditional Xanthi village
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Entrance to a courtyard
Entrance to a courtyard
Entrance to a courtyard
Building entrance
Building entrance
Building entrance
Building entrance
Building entrance
Traditional houses in Xanthi Old Town
House in Xanthi Old Town
Houses in Xanthi Old Town
House in Xanthi Old Town
Lane in Xanthi Old Town
House in Xanthi Old Town
Houses in Xanthi Old Town
Building with Ottoman architecture
Courtyard to a house
Orfanides mansion, Xanthi Town Hall
Built fountain of 1874
Construction detail of an intermediary wall
The Mandra quarry
Pottery workshop
Iron foundry
Kanara islet
Xanthiot bourgeoisie in 1904
Metropolitan building, Xanthi
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1930
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1902
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1914
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1936
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1947
(Photo: Photo Komnenos)
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1919
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1926
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1918
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1938
(Photo: Photo Komnenos)
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1918
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1918
River Kosynthos, Xanthi in 1910
River Kosynthos, Xanthi in 1916
River Kosynthos, Xanthi in 1936
River Kosynthos, Xanthi in 1957
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1898
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1908
The Old Town of Xanthi in 1936
The Xanthi of 1896
The Xanthi of 1912
River Kosynthos, Xanthi in 1898
The livestock market of Xanthi in 1930
River Kosynthos, Xanthi in 1900
The Xanthi of 1908
The Xanthi of 1919
The Xanthi of 1930
The tannery area of Xanthi, 1898
Watermill, 1898
The Metropolitan building of Xanthi
The Metropolitan church of the Holy Cross
The Matsineio School in 1920
The Orpheus Gymnasium in 1911
The Xanthi of 1916
The Orpheus Gymnasium in 1911
The service for liberation, 1919
The Monastery of Panayia Kalamous, 1926
Taxiarches Monastery
The Monastery of Panayia Archangeliotissa
The Monastery of Panayia Archangeliotissa
(Photo: Photo Komnenos)
The bazaar of Xanthi
The central square in 1936
The Muslim quarter of Sounne
The quarter of the Twelve Apostles in 1940
Industrial area of Xanthi
Tobacco cultivation
The street of the tobacco shops in 1908
The street of the tobacco shops in 1911
Xanthi Metropolitan church in 1928
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Ioanna Gouda)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Paschalis Mastrafis)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Maria Lazaridou)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Ioanna Gouda)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Ioanna Gouda)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Ioanna Gouda)
Scenes from Xanthi town
(Photo: Ioanna Gouda)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)
The bazaar of Xanthi
(Photo: Nikos Kokkas)

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19/10/2007
THE TOWN OF XANTHI

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Xanthi, a town scrambling along the foothills of the mountain massif at the border of mountain and lowland Xanthi. This is where the waters of the Kosinthos are discharged into the plain, after a journey of many kilometres from the mountains of Rodhopi, framed by the three monasteries of Panayia Kalamous, Panayia Archangeliotissa and the Taxiarches, as well as the ruins of the Byzantine city of Xantheia.
Xanthi Old Town began to be rebuilt in 1830, after the two earthquakes of March and April 1829. Despite extensive destruction, the town was rebuilt and soon regained its rhythm. It flourished in the mid 19th until the early 20th century, a period during which the tobacco trade in which most of the population was employed thrived. A town arranged into quarters (machalades), as was traditional under Ottoman rule. Christians, Muslims, Jews and Pomaks all lived in their quarters arranged around a religious centre (church, mosque or synagogue). Thanks to this multi-religious, multicultural mix and the marriage of eastern and western, the Old Town today has particular architectural interest.
You will encounter much diversity walking through its narrow lanes. Each house has its own identity, its own characteristics. The characteristics of diverse building forms which they inherited from their forefathers, the folk artisans, who evolved their by now mature techniques into an art form.
The aesthetic of each house is unique, but at the same time harmonically bound to its environment, as all were built based on the qualities of local materials and with the forgotten values of traditional architecture. Made from the wood and stone of the surrounding mountains and with functionality in mind, nothing was not designed to impress. The building technique of each artisan, the availability of local materials, and other factors, such as the narrowness of the space, religious concepts, etc. played a decisive role in the form of each building. Built for periods in which people were more dependent on sunlight, in contrast to today?s energy waste and hyper-consumption, which are dependent on electricity and oil.
But Xanthi is not just the Old town. Xanthi is also a modern town, with all the necessary infrastructures, a town that at the same time respects the surrounding nature and its past: With traditions such us the bazaar of Xanthi, the city becomes alive, humane and friendly. So the secret of this city?s beauty is exactly this element: The harmonious combination between the New and the Old.