SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
WHITE TOWER (THESSALONIKI)
Lefkos Pyrgos, the “White Tower” is a contemporary document of Ottoman reign. Located directly on the harbour, it is the symbol of the city of Thessaloniki.
White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos): Not far from the Aristotelian Square of Thessaloniki, Lefkos Pyrgos rises majestically on the shores of the Thermaic Gulf. However, at the time of its construction in the mid-16th century, the tower was part of a larger fortress built by the Ottoman along the coast. Over the centuries that followed it served various purposes and was known to the people of Thessaloniki under different names - in the 19th century, for example, it housed a notorious prison, which for a long time gave it the nickname "Bloody Tower". Only with the liberation of Greece, the White Tower then received its characteristic lime painting and thus also its present name. The White Tower served over the time as fortification, prison, garrison, weapons and food storage and even as weather station.
This imposing monument, which has since been converted into a city museum, is perfect for getting to know Thessaloniki and its history. It also gives inspiration for further museum visits in the city and promises an enchanting visit for both young and old.
The six floors, connected by a stone spiral staircase, display the history of Thessaloniki from the beginning of the first settlements in the region to the tragic events of the 20th century – an extremely interactive way to get to know Thessaloniki. References to other sights as well as a fabulous view over Thessaloniki on the platform of the tower make this museum a special historical journey through time. The White Tower is a must see during your biking vacation in Thessaloniki and its surrounding.
November – March: daily from 9:00 - 16:00
April – October: daily 8:00 - 20:00
April - October: 4 euros/person
November - March: 2 euros/person