White Tower of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

The White Tower is a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki. The present tower replaced an old Byzantine fortification, known to have been mentioned around the 12th century, that the Ottoman Empire reconstructed to fortify the city's harbour sometime after Sultan Murad II captured Thessaloniki in 1430. The tower became a notorious prison and scene of mass executions during the period of Ottoman rule.

The White Tower was substantially remodeled and its exterior was whitewashed after Greece gained control of the city in 1912. It has been adopted as the symbol of the city.

The White Tower houses an exhibition dedicated to the city of Thessaloniki and its history throughout various periods, organized by the city's Museum of Byzantine Culture.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece

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Bosh (11 months ago)
Beautiful beach walk along the tower which is great at night and day. Plenty of electric scooters around that can be rented through the Lime app/ Rise app. A lovely area
IVA BESHEVA (11 months ago)
Definitely a must see. The most popular landmark of the city is extremely modernized, equipped with cutting edge technology it tells the tale of the city through time. Artefacts, visual and acoustic effects will help you emerge in history and develop your understanding of this complex area. The panoramic view from the top of the tower is breathtaking. Souvenirs are also available.
Anton Radulescu (12 months ago)
What is to be said about this iconic monument that represents like no other the city of Thessaloniki and it's history? A definite symbol that every visitor and citizen of the city must visit and climb. This late Byzantine tower offers a terrific view over the central part of the city and the coast line.
Lukey (13 months ago)
Not as interesting as other museums around, but nice nonetheless. Especially the beautiful view from top :) For non Greek speaking people, audio devices available for free. People under 25 have free entry, you just need European ID or pay 6€.
Asiyah Noemi Koso (13 months ago)
Thessaloniki is a beautiful city and the atmosphere is enchanting. Rich history and interesting buildings make this city irresistible. And this monumental Towers that contributes. Walking from Aristotel's square next to the city gulf we reach the beautiful White Towers. The White Tower in Thessaloniki is the most important symbol of the city. It was built by Turkish Sultan Sulejman Majestic and was intended to keep her from attacking the eastern city walls. The inscription on the clay says that it dates back to 1530. A work by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan. At its location there was an older tower belonging to Thessaloniki's Byzantine fortifications, where the eastern wall met the sea wall. The history of this beautiful tower is extremely interesting and rich. Admission is € 2 but has what and to be seen, climbing the stairs to the top, you will pass through the entire history of Thessaloniki. Over the years he changed his name to the garrison of Janissaries, after the Tower of Blood (Kanle Kule) when it became a prison and a place of execution for convicts. In 1883, on the orders of the Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the Tower was painted white and given the name "White Tower" (Beyaz Kule). After the city’s liberation in 1912 and its incorporation into the Greek state, the Tower had various uses. During World War I, one floor was used to store antiquities from the excavations done by the archaeological service of the Armée d’Orient.Then they used it the city’s air defense, Aristotle University’s meteorology laboratory, and Sea Scout groups have all been hosted in its spaces. Today is a museum.
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