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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  • If you like history then you’ll probably enjoy this. I think it means more to the Thessaloniki people than it does to the tourists but it is still pretty cool  more »
  • If you're interested in paying the entrance fee simply to get to the top and see the view, then by all means, go ahead. It's a fully legitimate reason. But if you think you'll be getting anything...  more »
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  • Beautiful tower with great views from the top. There are differently themed exhibits on each floor with only Greek explanations, but a free audio guide is available. On every floor, some displays present the story of Thessaloniki through the ages, right up to recent times. While you are in the area, try to make time to view the highly impressive monument of Alexander the Great, which is a couple of hundred meters along the promenade to the east of the Tower.
  • Never actually been up the tower but the walk along the water front is lovely. Lots of different 'arty' things to look at. People usually fishing. There's always something happening and if you feel like a trip around the bay you can hop on one of the 'pirate ships' and have a drink.
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