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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    that's pretty neat. I've never seen a temple like that outside of a history book, let alone one where there are active practitioners . Then again I live in a small city in Indiana, USA, so its not like I would easily lol.

    Are there any pictures of the inside?

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    Quote Originally Posted by Malflick View Post
    that's pretty neat. I've never seen a temple like that outside of a history book, let alone one where there are active practitioners . Then again I live in a small city in Indiana, USA, so its not like I would easily lol.

    Are there any pictures of the inside?
    I'm not sure if there is any pictures of the inside or not. I'll check around.

    I am going to guess that there isn't because in such temples it is literally described as the god's dwelling place which has a meaning of deep upheld sacredness.

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    Quote Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
    I'm not sure if there is any pictures of the inside or not. I'll check around.

    I am going to guess that there isn't because in such temples it is literally described as the god's dwelling place which has a meaning of deep upheld sacredness.
    Ah, of course. That makes sense.

    They seem to have quite the community there.

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    It's an interesting series of pictures for sure. I do find it interesting there isn't a gorgon on the pediment or facing considering it was often used as a means of frightening away negative beings or energy. Of course that might just be reflective of the series of temples / shrines and sanctuaries I've seen so not universal in nature.

    Still it is an interesting temple structure and supporters.

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    Quote Originally Posted by Malflick View Post
    Ah, of course. That makes sense.

    They seem to have quite the community there.
    There are only a couple of pictures I could find that show the inside of the temple.

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    More pictures of the temple and surrounding area. From what I can gather it is a temple not so much devoted to any particular god but instead to all the Olympic gods themselves.

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    Quote Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
    There are only a couple of pictures I could find that show the inside of the temple.

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    I would suspect you'd find some of the outer court but I imagine the inner sanctum or sacred area would truly be off limits to photo's and such. Especially the sanctum where the temple god / goddess would be enshrined if it is based upon archaic practices.

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    Quote Originally Posted by monsno_leedra View Post
    I would suspect you'd find some of the outer court but I imagine the inner sanctum or sacred area would truly be off limits to photo's and such. Especially the sanctum where the temple god / goddess would be enshrined if it is based upon archaic practices.
    I suspected as much also. The temple itself is described as being devoted to the Olympian gods themselves.

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    Re: Modern day pagan temple within Thessaloniki, Macedonia

    Quote Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
    I suspected as much also. The temple itself is described as being devoted to the Olympian gods themselves.
    Makes one wonder who is the residing god / goddess then doesn't it? While the whole of the temple is dedicated to the entire pantheon it seems strange the inner sanctum would be all vice one main god / goddess. I wonder if there are atriums off the main sanctum for each of the twelve? Seems that would be the only way to dedicate it to the entire pantheon I think.

    Still it is a step in the right direction for a practice based upon the Olympian's and probably recon in many aspects I would suppose.

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