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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  • Really interesting building. Would have loved to go in to learn some city history but having read reviews we checked to see if they have responded to trip advisor feedback and catered for non Greeks.....  more
    Really interesting building. Would have loved to go in to learn some city history but having read reviews we checked to see if they have responded to trip advisor feedback and catered for non Greeks.....  more »
  • This could have been an interesting museum but there were no audio guides because of Covid and all the information boards were in Greek only. Therefore, if you don't speak Greek then you won't... 
    This could have been an interesting museum but there were no audio guides because of Covid and all the information boards were in Greek only. Therefore, if you don't speak Greek then you won't...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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

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