“Representatives of a score of nationalities jostle each other in the narrow streets”


“Representatives of a score of nationalities jostle each other in the narrow streets”


Photograph vibrant street of Salonika most likely in the Jewish Quarter_1900


This photograph is part of the article“A New Jerusalem” published in the magazine “The Catholic World” - a monthly periodical of general literature and science. Lucy Garnet who is the author of the article, describes a seductive image of a multicultural and vibrant city.
She writes:
This [Egnatia avenue] and the other main streets of Salonika, especially in the lower part of the city, present a scene of great animation, in which East and West are curiously mingled. Primitive carts from the neighboring villages, with solid wooden wheels, drawn by yokes of long-horned buffaloes and driven by wild-looking, long-haired Bulgarians in baggy breeches of brown home spun and towel bound head, are with difficulty steered clear of the tramcars which convey passengers from the western end of the city to its eastern suburb. Files of long suffering donkeys laden with building materials—tiles in panniers and heavy beams dragging behind—are hurried along by merciless Jews, who, not content with belaboring their sorry hides, goad the poor beasts most cruelly, while they harrow the ears of the passers-by with their excruciating cry of Ar r-r-r. Greek peasants in blue breeches and long-tasselled red fez, bringing in the produce of their vineyards and gardens in enormous baskets slung over the backs of mules and ponies, make way for the pasha and his suite on horseback, or the carriage of some foreign resident. Swaggering Albanians in voluminous white kilts, gorgeously embroidered jackets, and girdles bristling with pistols and yataghans; zaptiehs in green and red uniforms; itinerant venders of every kind of edible, and representatives of a score of nationalities, jostle each other in the narrow streets of the bazaars; the copper-smiths carry on their deafening trade in the little open shops of their quarter, and in the roadway in front of their shops the barbers calmly operate on the chins and heads of their customers, who, seated on rush-bottomed chairs, meditatively sip cups of coffee and smoke nargilehs while awaiting their turn at the hands of the barber.”


Lucy Garnet


Garnett, Lucy. “A NEW JERUSALEM.” The Catholic World, A Monthly Magazine of General Literature and Science (1865-1906) 69, no. 425
(1900): 612.


The Catholic World


August 1900


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Lucy Garnet , ““Representatives of a score of nationalities jostle each other in the narrow streets”,” Mapping Cultural Space Across Eurasia, accessed May 25, 2024, https://eurasia.omeka.fas.harvard.edu/items/show/985.


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