Metropolitan Church of the Transfiguration of Jesus in the center of Kalamaria

The refugees, who were rehabilitated in allied shanties in the center of Kalamaria, were mostly Pontians from the area of ​​Kars and Kromni. For their religious needs, they converted a shack, at the junction of today’s Trebizonds and Vazelonos streets, into a temple dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Savior, since in their unforgettable homelands their temples were also dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus. However, a fire burned down the shack-houses together with the shack-church, approximately in the building block between today’s Trebizond, Iasonido, Argyroupoleos and Vazelonos streets. Thus, the refugee Kalamaria remained for a few years without her Transfiguration. The Metropolitan of Thessaloniki Gennadios motivated the wealthy brothers from Thessaloniki Christos, Kostis and Eleni Stamatopoulou to build a temple for the refugees of Kalamaria. Thus, the foundation of the new imposing temple took place in 1929 and its completion in 1932, following their donation. The large bell and the central chandelier of the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior of Kars were transported to the port of Thessaloniki, where they remained for several years. In 1929 the bell was moved to Kilkis and the following year it was placed in the bell tower of Agios Georgios. Accordingly, the chandelier was transferred to Kalamaria and since 1932 it has adorned the metropolitan church of the same name. That is why it was considered to be a challenge for the refugees who lived under miserable conditions. The answer of the iconographer of the church was prophetic: “We are not building a church for these wretched and unfortunate years, but for the vision of a new era, to inspire our world that suffering will pass and that days will come when the settlement of Kalamaria will served as an example. And then this church will be a worthy monument of its progress”. On the eve of the feast of the Transfiguration of the Savior (August 6), a two-day festival is organized, in which the roots of the inhabitants and the first refugees who settled in the area are honored.


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