Town of Alexandroupolis

The town of Alexandroupolis was inaugurated in 1880. It is famous for its hospitality and its main landmark, the lighthouse. It is the capital and largest town in Greek Thrace and is the dynamic centre for local and cross-border activity between Greece and Turkey and the Balkans and acts as a gateway for East and West movement.


Jews of Alexandroupolis

Jews of Alexandroupolis

Alexandroupolis is a fairly new town. Initially it was just a fishing village called Dede-agats. However, during the Ottoman period the village grew into a small town thanks in large part to the construction in 1850 of the railway. Thanks to the railway, the town grew and attracted diverse cultural groups including Armenians, Roman Catholics, Turks, Greeks and Jews.

The Jews settled in the town at the end of the 19th century. A synagogue was built at Mazaraki Street. The Jews worked in textiles, money changing and glass making. By 1940, the community was about 140 persons. Tragically, the Fascists deported the community and only 4 survived the war. Today, there are no Jews living in Alexandroupolis.

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