White Tower of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki's most recognizable landmark, White Tower of Thessaloniki is as enigmatic as it is photogenic. The precise date of the tower's construction remains disputed, though many historians now believe the Ottomans erected this structure shortly after the army of Sultan Murad II captured the city in 1530. Possibly designed by architect Mimar Sinan (who made his name building similar structures in other Ottoman territories), the tower probably replaced a pre-existing Byzantine building. Photographed from every angle, the image of the cylindrical tower has found its way on every type of souvenir, becoming the quintessential symbol of the city. Learn about the colorful history of this part of Greece by visiting the museum housed inside. White Tower of Thessaloniki is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Thessaloniki Edition.
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  • August 17, 2017
    There is no chance to come to Thessaloniki and you don't visit the White Tower. It's the city's "symbol". If you decide to enter you will find a very nice museum describing the story of the city. It i...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is a must for any visitor to Thessaloniki - it explains the struggle that this city faced and the history of the city  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The most famous landmark of Thessaloniki hosts a museum that narrates the history of the city beautifully. The top terrace offers some of the best views of the city. Note that everything inside is wri...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    Its the most amazing building in Thessaloniki. Excellent view to the harbor and to the road next to it. Spectacular during the evening hours when the lights of the city are on.
  • June 28, 2017
    Nice from the outside.. nothing special within if you can't read Greek.. it's a shame that all that history information signs are not in English
  • June 23, 2017
    Historic defensive round tower on the sea front. The Tower is a museum covering the history of Thessalonica with each floor covering a different period. You rise through the Tower on a sloping passage that coils around the inside walls with each floor and exhibition in the centre. You eventually reach the top of the Tower with excellent views of the city and waterfront. We found the exhibits interesting but none of the information was in English. Well worth a visit for the views alone.
  • July 5, 2017
    Definitely worth a visit to check out the tower and statue. Go at night for the free harbour cruises! And the 2 euro city tour from the bus stop nearby.
  • July 4, 2017
    Wonderful history and view of city. Amazing that a prisoner painted the tower in 1890 to gain his freedom.

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If you come to Thessaloniki to splurge and pamper yourself, book a room at one of the city's five-star hotels, providing spacious rooms packed with amenities, as well as access to rooftop bars, ground-floor restaurants, and fitness facilities. Centrally located hotels also provide secure parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, and quick walking access to the city's top attractions. On the other hand, if all you need is a comfortable bed and a warm meal, consider a budget-friendly hostel or family-run inn in the residential areas outside the city's central area.
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