Athina Palace Hotel
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... dedicated to St. Gregory Palamas and that’s why I am here. His coffin was ceremoniously brought out of his above-ground tomb, within the church, and placed before the Bishop’s throne on the right. His relics, encased in silver, slid out of the bottom of the coffin like a trundle bed, but protected by glass. Thousands streamed before the coffin throughout the entire service crossing themselves, some kneeling, others bowing, praying quietly ...
... similar. It is beautiful in its own way as many cities are. Our
hotel was very near our place of arrival and it wasn’t long before I found myself
in bed. Now here is where normally I would have blogged and told my story, but
something about traveling, even if it is unconscious traveling, that really
wears me down. So I slept.
I awoke later that evening to the sound of Mitch telling me
the group would soon leave for dinner. Of course I did ...
... for heretics. It was so important that not one but two false Messiahs flourished here at different times. Shabtai Tzevi, the 17th century charismatic Kabbalist who was widely accepted by many Jews as the coming of the Messiah, moved to Salonika after being expelled by the rabbis from his native Izmir (Smyrna). Shabtai Tzevi’s messianism became the basis for a European-wide movement of Jews who accepted his claims, some of which coincided with ...
... get married and he would take her back to *****ia and show her all the sights. They are not getting married, but somehow we both ended up with new bracelets. We finished off our day with some ouzo and olives at a bar in Aristotelous Square. It turns out that Cort does not like ouzo... But at least she tried it! I'm very excited to be in Athens in the morning and to take a nap! It's going to be a long night on this train... But that's part of the ...
... killing a Roman soldier. This is similar to the way St. George is always depicted on a white horse, killing a dragon. In the crypt of the Basilica is the site where St. Dimitrios suffered and died by the swords of Roman soldiers. There is a marble structure there now.
Fun fact: Mustafa Ataturk was born in Thessolaniki.
The ancient Hippodrome is not visible, but has been discovered under a lot of modern buildings. We also saw the ...