The oldest photo of Thessaloniki, a unique historical document taken in 1863 by the photographer Joseph Zekeli will be presented for the first time in an exhibition of the Educational Foundation of the National Bank (ΜΙΕΤ).
The exhibition will be held at the cultural center of MIET in Villa Kapantzis, in Thessaloniki, from April 11 to July 13. It will be a photographic panorama of 150 years of history and the historical details of the oldest photo of Thessaloniki will be presented in the exhibition.
The rare photo was taken by Zekeli in 1863, when he participated in the diplomatic mission of an Austrian diplomat from Dyrrhachium (today Durrës) to Thessaloniki. It displays the city of Thessaloniki surrounded by its walls and many monuments of Thessaloniki such as the Golden Gate, Eptapyrgio fortress, the fortresses of the Vardaris and the White Tower and many churches which had been turned into mosques. The photo was originally presented as an engraving in a book in 1866 and since then it was found again more than a century later in the archives of the Austrian National Library by the professor Aleka Karadimou Gerolympou.
The photographic exhibition will be launched at the same time as the exhibition “Macedonia – Cartography and History in the 15th-18th Century.”