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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  • You get a great view from the top but, really, that's it. There are rooms on the way up with exhibitions in but, if you don't read Greek, you'll have no idea what they're about. I visited with two fri...  more »
  • Everyone should rise at least once in the White Tower. The view is great! In every one of the 7 floors of emerging SIGA SIGA Thessaloniki history with interactive media. What is worth more, of course, is the 8th and last floor where you got the Thessaloniki on the plate!
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  • The sight at the top of the tower is very great. It is perfect for some selfie. Inside there is an average museum. To 31th March it is close after 4 pm. Be careful! The headroom is very low. Adult tic...  more »
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  • If u want to find out more about Thessaloniki history u should visit that place. Digital guide will assist you instead of human. As you reach the top of the tower you will see the stunning view of the sea and the city same time. There is the book where you can write your expressions down.
  • 1 min to the top, better view than expected, lots of wind. Very nice tower. Worth the 2€ for the one time :))
  • Nice views of the sea and the city from the top of the tower. However, all the descriptions inside the tower are in Greek only. So if you are a tourist be sure to get a headset (which costs extra) or else you wont get much out of your visit.
  • This tower used to be a prison and a place for mass executions, during the 482 years of ottoman occupation. This is an iconic structure of Thessaloniki. Perfect place to take some photos of the waterfront or to take a walk
  • THEssaloniki's landmark! Used to be a prison while under Turkish occupation but now serves as a museum inside. Has stunning views from the top, very much worth seeing! Pro tip: If you happen to be there on a Sunday afternoon (time varies by season) make sure to stay and watch the ceremony while taking the flag down for the night!

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