Sightseeing in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a city with great history and many attractions. Here are some of the things worth visiting:

White Tower Thessaloniki

White Tower

The most famous symbol of Thessaloniki and one of the most recognizable monuments of Greece, the White Tower was built for fortification purposes in the 15th century and then used as a military accommodation and prison. It has a height of 34 meters and six floors, communicating with an internal staircase that is in contact with the outer wall. The tower was not always isolated as it is today, but in the past, it was surrounded by a wall demolished in 1917 immediately after the liberation of Thessaloniki in 1912.
The entire construction was part of the fortification of the city, which started from the eastern section that survives up to today in Upper Town and ends at the White Tower with the sea section demolished in 1867. The last restoration was completed in 1985 and since then the White Tower had been used for exhibitions. Since 2006 it has been permanently working as a Museum of the City of Thessaloniki.

Palace of Galerius (Kamara)

Palace of Galerius (Kamara)

It is located at Navarino Square, one of the most vibrant areas of the city. Next to Hippodrome Square are the remnants of the Roman Hippodrome and the arch of Roman Caesar Galerius, known as Kamara. Walk a few meters above and you will find yourself in the famous Rotunda, the circular building that was intended for Galerius Mausoleum, but turned into a temple. Today it is a museum and has been included in the list of Byzantine monuments in Thessaloniki, which UNESCO has named World Cultural Heritage.

Seven Towers (Castles) Yedi Koule

Seven Towers (Castles)

The acropolis of Thessaloniki and the last defense of the city. The notorious prisons of Yedi Koule were hosted there, it had been a place of confinement and martyrdom for a long period of the 20th century. Today, this place no longer functions as a prison - it was moved in 1989 - it has been restored and maintained. Passing through the first gate, Portara, looks the highest point, the famous Yedi Koule (meaning "seven towers"). Inside, beyond the breathtaking view, you can also enjoy a "green breath" in the "Garden of Pasha", as it is called the large park opposite the eastern walls is called.

Upper Town

Upper Town

As we slowly ascend above Agios Dimitrios Street, the first characteristic examples of folk Macedonian architecture, the upper houses of the Upper Town and its narrow alleys, which are interrupted by stairs and blooming flowerbeds, spring up in front of us. In the Koule Cafe area you will find Terpsithea square with the Ottoman monument accompanied by creepy legends and Tsinari with the beautiful taverns in the narrow Street of Alexandra Papadopoulou Street. This practically means stopping for ouzo, fish or soutzoukaki, delicious and economical, at the "Tsinari" tavern just before you continue the journey.

Royal Theater Thessaloniki

Royal Theater

The Royal Theater of Thessaloniki is very close to the White Tower and the city's main park. Ιn addition to the neighboring Theater of the Society for Macedonian Studies, they are a pole of attraction for Thessaloniki theater audiences.

National Theater of Northern Greece

National Theater of Northern Greece

It was founded in 1961, and it was installed in the newly built building of the Society of Macedonian Studies, in the autumn of 1962. It was the first theater in Greece that established an alternating drama, and since 1973 its Drama School has been operating.