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. Make White Tower of Thessaloniki a part of your Thessaloniki vacation plans using our Thessaloniki tour builder site .
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  • The White Tower, the symbol of Thessaloniki and the sea shore. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tower hanioglu zamanınd. The Tower construction and history with various interpretations, today serves as a Museum and the tower.
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  • There are lots of step that you have to climb stone steps and atmosphere is amazing. This is good choice to see all Thessaloniki view. If you like panorama i can recommend you to visit tower. But if y...  more »
  • Along the beautiful path next to the Aegean Sea it’s located this building which it shows itself as the most important place to meet with people and start visiting the city. Anything else.  more »
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  • Beautiful and historic building on the seafront. Well priced and interesting museum to visit. You can have a guide ot use personal language machines to explain each exhibit.
  • Very interesting and good quality of registered vocal guide. Nevertheless all indications are just in Greek language and foreign visitors cannot fully enjoy the experience. Few audio guides available, so you have to share yours. From the top a nice view of the town.
  • The informative panels are only in Greek. You should get the audio guide if you want to understand the story of the pictures. The audios give really detailed and good information on the history of the city. It's a bit hot inside the tower but the view on top of is worth seeing.
  • I am originally from Greece and I have been born and raised in Thessaloniki. I visited the White Tower with a group of friends from UK and not only I felt sorry for them as there was no English text at any of the exhibits but i was extremely disappointed as there were almost no exhibits at all! I wish I could leave a detailed comment on the official website but unfortunately, there's no section offered for reviews. The visitors are rewarded at the top of the tower with an excellent panoramic view of the city which is ideal for memorable photos. It is a shame a city full of history like Thessaloniki to be limited to boring posters and tiny projections on the wall that have little to offer in terms of educating or engaging the tourists of the city as well as the visitors of the tower.
  • The White Tower is perhaps the most popular monument of Thessaloniki. A well informed, smartly organized museum can be found inside the tower. The view at the top of the building is fantastic, espacially during a sunny day. If you are interested about the city's history, it is definitely a must - visit destination. Ask for an audio guide at the museum's entrance. Enjoy!!

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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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