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Top historical sites and museums in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ● 06 July 2017

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and the largest in northern Greece. Its history and culture is strongly connected to the Byzantine Times and Christianity but also to the civilisation of ancient Macedonia (Greece) and Alexander the Great. The historical sites and monuments of Thessaloniki are interesting and include the whole history of the area.

The White Tower

The White Tower, which stands near the beach promenade, represents the symbol of the city. It is constructed in the 16th century by the Ottomans, who used it as a fortress and a prison. Today, it hosts the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki. The collection of the museum includes pieces of sculpture and pottery, Byzantine coins and orthodox icons.

White Tower

The Museum of Photography

This museum is the only museum under the supervision of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in Greece, which is dedicated exclusively to the photography. It plans exhibitions and organises every two years an international photography festival. For the lovers of photography, it is the most important place to visit in this cultural area in Greece.

The Church of Saint Demetrius

This church is part of the Palaeochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki, a site which is inscribed since 1988 on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Saint Demetrius is the patron saint of Thessaloniki, and you can see in the church the place where he was martyred. 

Church of Saint Demetrius

The Castle
The Castle of Thessaloniki is also known as Yedi Kule, which is the Turkish name of the prison, which was located there, on a hill. It stands just above the Old Town, offering a gorgeous view of the modern city, the port and the surrounding mountains.

The Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki opened its doors recently, in 2006 and its aim is to inform the visitors about the history of the wider area of Macedonia (Greece) from the prehistoric times, the ancient times, when the Macedonian civilisation flourished under the government of Alexander the Great in Vergina, till present.

Ataturk Museum

In Ano Poli, is located the house, where Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, was born in 1881, when the city was still under Ottoman rule. Visitors can see the rooms, where Kemal Ataturk was born and grew up until 1912, when Thessaloniki set free and became part of Greece.

Museum of Macedonian Struggle

The Museum of Macedonian Struggle is housed in a neoclassical building at Aristotelous Square, which was designed by the famous architect of the 19th century, Ernst Ziller. The valuable exhibits of the museum present the fights of Macedonian people to set free from the Ottoman rule and incorporate into the Greek state.

Jewish Museum

In one of the few Jewish buildings in Thessaloniki Town that survived the great fire in 1917, is housed the Jewish Museum, which presents the vast history and culture of the Jews that lived in the town since the 15th century and flourished until the Second World War. 

Arch of Galerius

The Arch of Galerius, which is also known as Kamara, was constructed in 305 AD to celebrate the victory of the Roman general, Galerius, over the Persians, and nowadays, Kamara is a popular meeting point and passage way in Thessaloniki.

Where to Stay

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Alexandros
Hotel Alexandros
12km Thessaloniki - Edessa, Anchialos, 57011 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Alexandros is located in Anchialos, approximately a 20-minute drive from the centre of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Perinthos Hotel
Perinthos Hotel
12Km Thessaloniki - Edessa, Anchialos, 57008 Thessaloniki, Greece

Perinthos Hotel is located 12 km from Thessaloniki and near many archaeological sites such as Vergina and Dion. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 30 km.