A splendid example of the elegant architecture of interwar period, the famous Red House stands proudly at the corner of Aghias Sophias and Ermou. This fine old house, designed in 1926 by Gennari, has long been considered haunted. The sudden fire that destroyed its owner’s business and the bankruptcy that ruined the firm that built it fuelled various urban myths: that werewolves live in its crumbling rooms, and that all those associated with it go mad, commit suicide, or something equally horrible. The imposing façade of the house, displaying the ravages of time, reinforces the story that it was cursed by its owner, Grigoris Longos, on the night the flames swallowed up everything he owned …


Urban myths, folk tales and historic events that sound more like legends make up the mosaic of Thessaloniki ’s underground stories. Their heroes lurk in the gaps in official history, for you to discover. I discovered them in the pages of My Time magazine by Exclusive Editions.