Meet our City Through the History of Its Streets

Street names in cities often seem to exist only to guide lost travelers, however the story behind street names reveals a past that reflects their true meaning as well as the history of the city itself.

Street names give character and life to the place they refer to and often serve the meaning of a historical landmark for a city. They reveal the politics, culture and ideologies of cities and also provide a common language for the city and its inhabitants.

The placement of 450 smart street name signs with historical information using QR-Code and NFC (Near Field Communication) labels in the historical center of the city is an initiative of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and D. MASOUTIS SA.

D. MASOUTIS SA in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility and its active presence in Thessaloniki wishes to express its interest in the city and the citizens by donating all the necessary equipment for the study, design, construction and placement of the smart street name signs in order to facilitate residents and visitors.

The purpose of this is first to have the needful street signage in the city, for residents and visitors and then to get familiar with the history of the streets we pass every day.

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Thousands of heroes, known and unknown, who fought for the liberation of Macedonia from Ottoman rule.

20/09/2023 09:16


Zografou Eleni (1872-1937) She was born in Thessaloniki and died in Austria. National benefactor. Daughter of the architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou. In 1929, by will, she transferred half of her property in the form of a bequest to the then Municipal Hospitals of Thessaloniki and Ioannina, so that indigent patients could be treated in their special

17/01/2022 12:28


Navarino was the name of Pylos in Messinia, during the period of the Venetian Rule.  The historic naval battle of the same name took place off the Navarino Bay between 8 and 20 October 1827. It was a decisive confrontation between the fleets of England, France and Russia, commanded by Rear Admiral Edward Codrington and

11/01/2022 11:12


Leonidas Iasonidis (1884-1959), of Pontic origin, was a jurist and politician. He had been elected MP for Thessaloniki in several occasions and he had been also a Minister. He had significant appeal to refugees.

21/07/2021 13:19


Socrates was an Athenian philosopher (470-399 B.C.). His teaching methods were inductive reasoning, maieutic (midwifery) and dialectic. He was convicted of impiety and he was sentenced to die by drinking poison hemlock. He did not write any work and his ideas were recorded and disseminated by his students. The appeal of his teaching is timeless


Thomas Sfetsios was born in 1895 in Mesenikola of Karditsa and he was an army officer. He took part in military operations during the Balkan Wars, the Minor Asia Catastrophe and World War II. He founded the National Defence School in Thessaloniki in 1950.


Alexandros Symeonidis was born in Komotini in 1909 and died in Thessaloniki in 1972. He was a physician and professor at the Medical School of the University of Thessaloniki. He was the founder and director of the Anticancer Institute of Thessaloniki – the evolution of Theageneion Hospital – until his death.


Andreas Syggros was born in Istanbul in 1830 and died in Athens in 1899. He was a rich merchant, bank owner and national benefactor. He founded his own bank. He was elected as MP several times. Public buildings and roads were constructed at his own expense. He donated his property for the public benefit.


Nikolaos Stournaras (1806-1853) was a national benefactor from Metsovo. He was a rich merchant in Italy and Alexandria, Egypt. He donated his property for charity and for the public benefit. He sponsored the construction of part of the National Technical University of Athens. It was also the name of a renowned chieftain from Stournaraiika near


Spercheios is a river of Central Greece. In mythology, it was worshipped as a god. It is also called Alamana and it is the place where Athanasios Diakos was arrested. Important historical events took place in the area along the river. It was the first border of the independent Greek state.

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