After 1430, when Thessaloniki was conquered by the Turks, the city follows the destiny of the rest of enslaved Hellenism. The settlement of Spanish-Jews in the city in the 15th century creates a heterogenous and mixed population, also consisting of Moslems and Christian Greeks, that becomes a determining factor in the city’s development. The post-byzantine churches, representing the art created under Turkish rule, served as nuclei for the religious and communal life of Christians. Thus, churches form a group of monuments of the same historical period and belong to the type of three-aisled basilica with a timber roof. This style prevails throughout Greek territory in the 18th and 19th centuries. Church interiors are decorated with wood-carvings, indispensable to every post-Byzantine church.