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Inside on the Aghios Dimitrios church from Thessaloniki.
Saint Dimitrios was born in 280 AD in Thessaloniki and died a martyr to his Christian faith about 303 AD. When Constantine the Great gave an end to the persecutions of the early Christians (324 AD), a small church was built at the place of his martyrdom, near the ruins of the old Roman baths and near the stadium of the city. As thousands of pilgrims were coming to genuflect there, in 413 AD a big church was built, overlooking the entire city. This church, with some restorations and extensions, survived until the 3-days big fire of 1917 that destroyed the centre of Thessaloniki. Later it was rebuilt keeping exactly the same style. Saint Dimitrios is the patron saint of Thessaloniki. In 1912, during the First Balkan War, the Greek army entered the city on the day of his memory: the 26th of October, offering double glee to the Greek population of Thessaloniki. Some architectural elements and artistic mosaics of the old church have been preserved in the new church.

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