No one is really sure when the Heptapyrgion was built, although there are theories that it was constructed between the 2nd and 9th centuries. Its name means “Fortress of Seven Towers”, but it actually has ten. It functioned as a prison in 1890s until 1989. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
War Museum of Thessaloniki
This museum occupies a building that was designed by Vitaliano Posseli and has a neoclassical architectural style. Inside, you’ll see artifacts that date back to the 19th and 20th century, including weapons and rare original documents. Weaponry and military equipment, along with personal objects of fighters, are also on display. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Zeitenlik is a military cemetery and the largest World War I memorial park in Greece. It contains the graves of Allied soldiers who perished on the Salonika front, with sectors for Serbian, French, Italian, and Russian soldiers. The cemetery has been guarded by the Mihailović family from the 1920s up until the present. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
The Aristotelous Square is one of the most popular places in Greece and is almost synonymous with Thessaloniki. It’s the main square of the city and has a huge sociopolitical significance. It was designed by Ernest Hebrard in 1918, although the main construction of the square took place in the 1950s. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Arch of Galerius and Rotunda
The Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda are two separate but neighboring structures that were commissioned by the Roman Emperor Galerius. The Arch was built around 299 AD while the Rotunda was constructed in 306 AD. The Rotunda is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Kyriakos Krokos’s design for the museum was chosen through an architectural competition. The building’s construction started on March 1989 and was finished on October 1993. Today, the museum features exhibits about the early Christian churches, cities, dwellings, and culture and displays ancient jewelry, clay and glass objects, and other items. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki
This museum was built in 1962, with a new wing added on 1980. Its exhibits focus on the Archaic period in Greece as well as the Classical Antiquity, Hellenistic, and Ancient Roman periods. Some of the displays include Macedonian sculptures, gold artifacts from the Sindos cemetery, and reconstructed portions of the Temple of Aphrodite. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
This church was built in the 8th century and is one of the oldest churches in the city. It was turned into a mosque when the Ottomans invaded Thessaloniki, and it was converted back into a church in 1912 when the city was liberated. The Agia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
A small oratory was built in this location in the 4th century. It was rebuilt in the mid-600s AD as a basilica with five aisles, which is the current structure of the church. The Agios Demetrios became one of the Palaeochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
White Tower of Thessaloniki
The White Tower was constructed after the Ottomans captured the city in 1430. It was originally called the Red Tower because of the countless tortures and executions that took place within its wall but, when Thessaloniki was liberated in 1912, it was whitewashed and given its present name.