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Psifidota tis Thessalonikis
4th to 14th Century (Greek language text)

By Charalambos Bakirtzis, Eftychia Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou and Chrysanthi Mavropoulou- Tsioumi

Psifidota tis Thessalonikis
Hardback, 380 pages £85.00
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9789606878107
Format: 315mm x 248mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Art & Art History, Classical Studies and Ancient History, History, Museum Studies

358 colour illustrations and 38 b&w drawings. Distributed by University of Exeter Press.

This volume fills a major gap: there are no modern publications describing the mosaics of the major Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki aimed at the contemporary reader, both specialist and layman.  Th e preserved mosaic decorations of the Rotonda, Hosios David, Ayia Sophia, Ayioi Apostoloi and the basilicas of Ayios Dimitrios and the Acheiropoietos are presented with lavish, high-quality illustrations and an elegant text that highlights the aesthetic values of the monuments.

The mural mosaics of Thessaloniki are masterpieces of Byzantine art, of major historical and artistic importance.  Nonetheless, they have not received the attention and enhancement that they deserve to make them accessible to the general public and to scholars.

The authors of this important book served for over 40 years as Ephors of Byzantine Antiquities of Thessaloniki. After the 1978 earthquakes, they directed works on the consolidation and conservation of the mosaics, alongside their colleagues, archaeologists, architects and conservators from the Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of Thessaloniki. Their work has resulted in much new information on the mosaics becoming available, which is recorded in this volume.  Illustrated with high quality photographs and drawings.


Prologue - Charalambos Bakirtzis

Introduction - Chrysanthi Mavropoulou-Tsioumi

ROTUNDA - Charalambos Bakirtzis, Eftychia Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou

SAINT DΕΜΕTRIOS - Charalambos Bakirtzis

LATOΜOU ΜONASTΕRY - Eftychia Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou, Chrysanthi Mavropoulou-Tsioumi

ACHEIROPOIETOS - Eftychia Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou

HAGIA SOPHIA - Chrysanthi Mavropoulou-Tsioumi

HOLY APOSTLΕS - Chrysanthi Mavropoulou-Tsioumi


CHARALAMBOS BAKIRTZIS Ephor of Byzantine Antiquities of Thessaloniki
EFTYCHIA KOURKOUTIDOU-NIKOLAΪDOU Honorary Director of the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki
CHRYSANTHI MAVROPOULOU -TSIOUMI Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 380 pages
 315mm x 248mm
358 color and 36 b/w illus.

BIC Code:
  ART015070, HIS037010
 Kapon Editions


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