Inside The White Tower

If you’re in Thessaloniki, even just for the day, the one place you need to visit is The White Tower. It’s the meeting place for many and a symbol for the city.

The tower is part-monument and part-museum. For six euro you can go inside and walk up spiraling stairs to get a birds-eye view of the waterfront and the city. There are six floors (if you’re like me you might need to carry a water bottle if it’s a hot day while you huff and puff up each flight of stairs) and each of them have rooms you can go into, some opening into smaller sections, to learn about the history of Thessaloniki.

The White Tower used to be called 'The Red Tower,' because it was used as a prison by the Ottomans. The tower was whitewashed, a symbolic step to cleanse it of blood from torture and executions from the
The White Tower used to be called ‘The Red Tower,’ because it was used as a prison by the Ottomans. The tower was whitewashed, a symbolic step, to cleanse it of blood from torture and executions by the Ottomans once Greece gained control of Thessaloniki.
Inside the White Tower, here's a view of the steps you have to go up to get to the top.
Inside the White Tower: Here’s a view of the steps you have to go up to get to the top.
Prepare to crouch and squeeze through smaller openings when searching from room to room.
Prepare to crouch and squeeze through smaller openings when searching from room to room.
The history of the country is through artwork and photographs hanging on the wall. All the information talking about the time period and what life was like in Thessaloniki years before is in Greek. If you speak a different language the front desk will give you hand held speaker which you can listen to and translate everything for you.
The history of the country is shown through artwork and photographs on the wall. All information discussing the different time periods and what life in the city was like is in Greek. If you speak a different language the front desk will give you a hand held speaker which will translate everything for you.
A clay representation of gods and goddesses.
Clay figures.
On the table are bowls and pitchers which people used to trade in markets.
On the table are bowls and pitchers which were traded in markets.
Everyday life in Thessaloniki.
Everyday life in Thessaloniki.
An image of the Gods.
An image of the Gods.
Pictures portraying everyday life in Thessaloniki over the years.
Pictures portraying everyday life in Thessaloniki over the years.
Trading routes and locations of Thessaloniki.
Trading routes and locations.
When you finally reach the top this is the view you see of the waterfront. It's calming and quiet, making the struggle up the stairs worth the journey.
When you finally reach the top this is the view you see of the waterfront. It’s calming and quiet, making the journey up the stairs worth it.
From a different standing point, you can see cars driving down the road, buildings and some shops.
From a different standing point you can see cars driving down the road, buildings and some shops.
A park is also nearby but if you walk by the water you can sit near these columns and watch people walk by.
A park is also nearby but if you walk by the water you can sit near these columns and watch people walk by.
If you're up to it you can take a short boat ride. There are three boats, a reggae boat, a pirate ship and a Greek, all three play different types of music. You can order a drink and watch the White Tower slowly disappear as you go further out into the water.
You can take a short boat ride by the water, order a drink and watch The White Tower slowly disappear as you relax. There are three boats, a reggae boat, a pirate ship and a Greek ship.
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