Holy Church of Agios Panteleimon in Votsis

The first residents of the neighborhood went to church in the church of Agios Eleftherios in Depo which was built in 1926 and reconstructed in 1950. From 1955 they had the opportunity to go to church in Agia Paraskevi, the small church inside the Dalipi camp.

In November 1956, at the initiative of the president of the Association “Admiral Votsis” X. Efstathiadis and the members of the board of directors, a memorandum was drawn up for the establishment of a new parish and the construction of a church, which was submitted to the Metropolitan of Thessaloniki Panteleimon, The first liturgy was held on April 1st, 1960 during the last Salutations. Until January 1962 the church functioned as the chapel of Agios Eleftherios.

Then the Metropolis of Thessaloniki appointed as the first priest, Panteleimon Siapkaris. Ten years later the temple was unable to accommodate the faithful due to the rapid increase in the population, so efforts began to build a new one.

In June 1972, one of the oldest residents of the neighborhood, Dimitris Kourbetis, provided a free plot of land of 350 sq.m. on E. Venizelou Street for the construction of a new church. Then, with a donation from Evangelia Narlis, a neighboring plot of land was also purchased.

The foundation of the underground church took place on October 16, 1983 and its doors were opened on July 26, 1988. Since then, besides Saint Panteleimon, Saint Anthony is also celebrated. The opening of the new church took place in 2004 during the feast of Agios Panteleimon. A chapel in memory of Saint Porphyrios has been operating since 2016 inside the central church.

The old church was demolished in April 1993 and a small church was erected in place of the Holy Altar. Today, even the new church is impossible to serve all the parishioners, since in terms of population it is the largest parish of the Metropolis of Nea Krini and Kalamaria.



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