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Art by MonAsty Hotel
inspired by the designs of ancient discoveries

Establishing its place in the Byzantine world as an intellectual center, in which many artistic currents found expression, Thessaloniki is home to many works of art, icons, mosaics and hagiographies. With the city's temples being UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and with very little artwork surviving today, MonAsty embraces art and collaborates with local and international artists to promote the city’s heritage, inspired by the Byzantine era.

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Fikos

Fikos Antonios is the creator of the two paintings that are placed in the area of ​​Samite Gastro Bar.
Fikos is the first modern painter-hagiographer in the world, who "marries" Byzantine with modern art and created "Modern Byzantine Art". Using new graffiti techniques, he manages to converse with the tradition that reaches back to Byzantium, creating such an impressive aesthetic effect with his art that both it and his name have traveled and become known from Europe to Mexico, through festivals, personal exhibitions, and project commissions.

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We see two women, an angelic figure, and a monk. The woman on the left is supposed to represent the city of Thessaloniki. On the head of "Thessaloniki", there are three pieces of fabric, which refer to the commercial identity of the city and to the Silk Road that used to pass through Thessaloniki at the time of Byzantium.

According to the artist, the female figure on the right is Anna Paleologina, who was member of a well-known and prosperous Byzantine family, which ruled the Byzantine Empire until the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

The monk is offering a church to “Thessaloniki”, which actually represents the active monastery of St. Theodora next to Monasty Hotel, Autograph Collection.

Finally, the angelic figure on the left bottom refers to the divine nature of the painting.

Overall, the piece aims to depict Thessaloniki’s commercial and religious identity during the Byzantine era.

 

 

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We see three angelic figures united with a long purple-gold scurf (these two colors were the dominant ones during Byzantium).

The history of Thessaloniki is hidden along this scarf with various depictions that refer to the city’s evolution.

It starts with Kassandros, who according to some historians was the founder of Thessaloniki and ends with the representation of the Byzantine Museum as per Fikos’ approach.

In -between there are references like the Ionian column, the arch of Galerius, the two-headed eagle, and warriors of the Macedonian battle.

It would be a miss not to include the multicultural nature of Thessaloniki with references to the Jewish community with the star and the menorah, as well as the Muslim community with the Seljuk Turks.

Also, MonAsty’s monogram is supposed to be in the scarf (in the end at the right, above the byzantine museum). Overall, the piece aims to walk the guests through the history of Thessaloniki.


 

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Collection by Monasty
Samite Silk Scarves

Samite was the favorite silk of the Byzantine emperors and their court. MonAsty in collaboration with local designers, inspired by the designs of ancient discoveries, created a series of silk scarves to revive the city's ancient heritage. The silk scarves are produced in Soufli, Greece, and are decorated in common areas within the hotel, as well as all rooms and suites. All the designs are also available for sale.

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SAMITE SILK RITUALS
Learn the unique Byzantine artistry of silk.

An educational experience of time-honoured, traditional artisanry awaits you at the Samite Silk Rituals at MonAsty Thessaloniki. Join us to a journey into the Byzantine silk painting and embroidering techniques that produced the famed silks widely traded from Thessaloniki to the entire world, and master the art for a unique experience with all elements of nostalgia and artistic craftsmanship.

Monasty Thessaloniki, Autograph Collection
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