Δήμος Θεσσαλονίκης (Δημαρχείο)
- Municipality of Thessaloniki (Town Hall)
- Dimos Thessalonikis (Dimarcheio)
The City of Thessaloniki has a rich history of 2.300 years under Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Greek rule. The modern Municipality was founded in the second half of the 19th century, according to Ottoman legislation. The first mayor was the Muslim Suleiman Sudi Bey in 1869; the first mayor under Greek dominance was the Muslim Osman Ibrahim Haki Bey (1912-1916) who was succeeded by the first Christian mayor, Konstantinos Agelakis (1916-1920). During the Second World War, Konstantinos Merkourios (1937-1943) and Georgios Seremetis (1943-1944) were mayors .
Geographical and Cultural Context
The current administrative boundaries are different in comparison with those in the period of the Second World War. In the past several decades new municipalities were created that included areas where Jewish population had lived before the Second World War. The Metropolitan Municipality, the current Municipality of Thessaloniki, had been the residence for the majority of the Jewish population before the Second World War.
The new Town Hall in Thessaloniki was built in 2009 and is located at the corner of Vassileos Georgiou and Tritis Septemvriou streets. The two main buildings, loosely linked, are designated to meet different needs. The first, which overlooks the Museum of Byzantine Culture, houses all municipal authorities and services; while the second is used for recreational and social activities. The total area is 14,000 square meters.
Archival and Other Holdings
Administrative archives, correspondence files, maps and plans collections.
The reading room is open Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 14:30 pm. The Archive is closed on public holidays.
Conditions of Access
An application to visit and an appointment are necessary before entering the Town Hall. Photocopying is by request only and will involve assessment by staff to determine if it is possible.
Access for the handicapped is possible; wide corridors and a lift provide safe access in the building.
There are charges for photocopying/digital output.
Dates of Creation and Deletion
Date of creation: 02/03/2014.
The description written by Vasilis Ritzaleos is based on information provided by the staff of the Municipality.