Moni Lazariston was built in 1886 by the monks of Saint Paul Vincent battalion, who became famous from their headquarters in the church of Saint-Lazare in Paris. Monis Lazariston functioned as a Seminary until 1913 and after that it had a lot of usages till 1978 (division headquarters, hospital refugee centre). It was rated as ruined in 1978, because of the damages the earthquakes had caused and it was abandoned. In 1980 the whole building was declared as preserved due to its historical importance.
In 1983 it was bought by the Greek government for the 2300 celebrations of Thessaloniki and it was characterised as a cultural centre of Western Thessaloniki. It was integrated in the programme of the grand constructions that were carried out by the organisation of Cultural Capital of Europe "Thessaloniki 1997" and in 1996 the works of restoration and the annex to the original building started. The complex of Moni Lazariston was completed in 1997 and started being open to the public gradually with theatrical performances, concerts and other activities.
Moni Lazariston is approached from the centre via the Lagada street. From the com.harbour, via Dendropotamou Avenue & the road Akriton. From the Eastern regions, take the bypass motorway.
In the north of Thessalonik there is a small but very beautiful lake and if you want to enjoy the view you can visit a small cafe with the name La scala in the lake side.
the coffee is fantastic and the view of the lake with many ducks and animals are superb ...try it
you can even find a very old coffee grinding machine on the spot
There are plenty of pleasant suburbs at the periphery of metropolitan Thessaloniki.
KALAMARIA is one of those suburbs east of the city. If one visits Thessaloniki as tourist, Kalamaria is great alternative to staying in the busy city center!
For more details check my KALAMARIA page here in VT.