Another post-Byzantine monument of exceptional beauty in Thessaloniki is the “Panagouda” church. Its history is identical to that of St. Athanasios church which I specifically relate to, make sure to check out that article as well. Therefore, I feel also a personal connection to the “Panagouda” church, which is dedicated to the Nativity of the Mother of God, a feast celebrated on September 8. It owns a miraculous icon of the Virgin and the Holy Child, called “Gorgoepikoos” (She who hears quickly).
The monument burnt down in a fire back in 1817. Within a year a new edifice was built. “Panagouda” was the center of a Christian neighborhood during the Ottoman times. It has been suggested that the older structure was likely a Byzantine monastery church. The interior is awesome and has some gorgeous icons. Particularly beautiful is the small dome with the depictions of Christ “Pantokrator” (Almighty) and the Apostles. The neoclassical bell tower is attached to a nearby school!