The White Tower

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The White Tower, the monument Thessaloniki is known for.  It is now a landmark that sits on the recently completed boardwalk, over-looking the harbor.

This monument was not always one.  It was built in the 15th century by the Ottomans and was originally built to help defend the city’s harbor, but was later used as a fort and as a prison as well.  There was a massacre that occurred here in the 19th century and gained the name of the “Tower or Blood” or “Red Tower” until the end of the 19th century.  The tower was then later whitewashed as a “cleansing” and has been a part of the city ever since. Go and take a look inside the museum portion of the tower, boredom will not follow.

The museum itself is located on every floor inside the tower.  Each floor has something different and an interesting piece of history to explain as well, whether it is the Ottoman rule or the Great Fire in 1917.  You walk up the winding steps to reach each new floor, where only 15 people can be at a time.  Other than the main room on each floor, there are many side rooms to explore and see the view of the city from.  You think the views from each floor are nice? Just wait until you reach the top.  The view from there on a clear day is one like no other.

Once at the top of the White Tower, you can see everything; the whole city, harbor, and even Mount Olympus.  Honestly, you can spend all day at the top just admiring the view.  If you have the time to go visit this museum, do it.  You will not regret being able to see the beauty of Thessaloniki from one of the best places in the world.


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Mitchell Olivia