The White Tower

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Thessaloniki, Greece

The White Tower Thessaloniki Reviews

Caliber-A Caliber-A
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Red Tower Turned White Dec 31, 2010
"Tower of Blood" or "Red Tower" was the original name of the tower...

Being the landmark of the city, the White Tower should not be missed when visiting the city of Thessaloniki. The tower is not just a landmark, but is also a museum that caters the city's rich historical past.

Standing at the waterfront boulevard, this cylindrical tower becomes one of the city's leading attractions. The different chambers on each of the six floors showcase different interesting memorabilia. The spiral steps and the wooden planks that made up the floors still stand the test of time.

Viewing inside the museum becomes handy because of computer aided audio/video gadgets. Museum displays and settings are well organized.

At the top of of the tower is the turret where 360 degree access to the views of the city and scenic harbor awaits the visitors.

Well, many stories evolved the naming of this tower. Wikipedia says this tower was once a notorious prison cell. Owing to countless victims of mass executions there, it was called "tower of blood" or "red tower". And according to Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism (http://odysseus.culture.gr) in 1890, a convict whitewashed the tower's walls in exchange for his freedom, hence the name "White Tower".
The White Tower at night
Thessaloniki's landmark
White Tower once Red
The White Tower afar
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Caliber-A says:
thanks giannis...
oh i see, let me check that site to see their version of the name 'white tower'. maybe it can add more info to this review.
Posted on: Feb 07, 2012
Johnpro says:
Nice review Armand !
The original Greek Name is " LEUKOS PIRGOS" that mean white tower and is Thessaloniki city symbol :)

The white towel have many different historical sides about the name of it ! One official option is from the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism .
Just below the link !

http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/2/eh251.jsp?obj_id=859
Posted on: Feb 04, 2012
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enethaeros enethaer…
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The landmark of Thessalonika Jun 07, 2009
I don't remember how much was the price cause when i went there i entered with a student's card.

The tower used to be part of the walls of the city built by the Venetians somewhere near the 15th century.

Under Ottoman rule the tower became a storehouse and later a jail.

Nowadays the tower hosts inside a museum about the history of Thessaloniki.It doesn't offer any valuable artifacts to see but mostly you'll experience the history of the city through old photos, old articles from newspapers and representations through multimedia devices.

For those who are particularly interested a whole roof is dedicated to the history of the large Jewish community of the city.

At the top of the tower you can see the whole city and take some really nice pictures.The view towards the Thermaikos gulf is also beautiful
view from below
inside the museum-tower
View from a cell of the jail.
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