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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Vanessa Wallner (2 months ago)
Make sure you have 3 vaccines to enter Inexpensive. 6 floors easy accent. They have little devices for free you can get from the front desk and it will help translate the information. The views are great
Writing Reflex (2 months ago)
Great building and Tower. Not really white ;) Though the second biggest city in Greece, Thessaloniki does really feel smaller - a plus, I consider, for such a historic city. There are many historical sites all over Thessaloniki, many of which are not widely known. On Google Maps, just tap the compass to see these, filter by attractions and distance, it'd bring attractions near you and just explore.
Fabio De Rosa (2 months ago)
One of the symbols of the city, once at the top of the tower, you will have a nice view of the port golf and Greek mountains. Nice history tour inside. Fee: 3 euro
Isaac Levine (5 months ago)
This is THE symbol of Thessaloniki, in a great location on the water. Excellent views on top. 6euros to get in, but no bathrooms. The tower itself is pretty cool and worth a quick stop. However -- the museum is entirely in Greek, and the included foreign language handset they give you (Japanese, English, Russian, or Turkish) is pretty much a joke. They are obviously not translating 70% of the material, and most of the information in the museum is therefore completely inaccessible to non-Greek speakers, presumably a large portion of their audience. This is a real shame as they obviously put a lot of thought and effort into organizing the museum otherwise. Seemed as if national pride ("What, you don't speak Greek??") got in the way of a functional experience. The ironic thing was that right outside the tower there is a garbage can which says in both Greek and English "City of Thessaloniki" on it. The garbage can is translated but not the museum. C'mon guys. Very disappointing.
Dmytro Demchuk (Raven) (9 months ago)
Historical place. Very nice port view on the top of tower. Many different room with history of this place. All room have interested digital presentation. Many information about history. Nice place to know something new about Thessaloniki.
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