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Greece - Thessaloniki, White Tower

Greece - Thessaloniki, White Tower
The White Tower is the most well known monument of Thessaloniki and a famous landmark of the city. The tower, which once guarded the eastern end of the city's sea walls, was for many years attributed to Venice, to which the Byzantines ceded Thessaloniki in 1423. It is now known that the tower was constructed by the Ottomans sometime after their army captured Thessaloniki in 1430.

The Tower was used by the Ottomans successively as a fortress, garrison and a prison. In 1826 here was a massacre of the rebellious prisoners. After that the tower acquired the name "Tower of Blood" or "Red Tower".

When Thessaloniki became a part of Greece in 1912 the tower was whitewashed as a symbolic gesture of cleansing and it was named “White Tower”. The Tower has now a buff colour, but has retained its name.

The tower is located on Thessaloniki's waterfront boulevard at the Thermaic Gulf. Nowadays it houses a museum dedicated to the history of Thessaloniki.

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*, John Bezosky Jr., Lian, Gudrun and 84 other people have particularly liked this photo

73 comments - The latest ones
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Bonita toma.
3 years ago.
Beautifully composed image.
3 years ago.
 Guy Bacca (guybac)
Guy Bacca (guybac) club
De beaux cadrages pour mettre cette Tour en valeur
3 years ago.
Proxar club
Beautiful capture
3 years ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Beautiful and interesting picture of this Greek city that tourists frequent less than the south of the country!****
Have a good new week!
3 years ago.
Excellent work
3 years ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Schönes Bild, und Geschichte pur!
3 years ago.
Stormlizard club
Thank you Jaap for sharing this beautiful photograph and historic documentation.
3 years ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Very beautiful pictures !
Have a nice week
3 years ago.
Annemarie club
wonderful this! aLSO THE PIP'S
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Very interesting information and beautiful pictures, Jaap !! Wish you a nice and peaceful week !
3 years ago.
3 years ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Danke für schönen Bilder mit der interessanten Information, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Pat Del
Pat Del club
Intéressante l'histoire attachée à cette belle tour !
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Fine shot, Jaap ! Guten Morgen !
3 years ago.
 Betty JW
Betty JW
Most interesting tower and information, Jaap. Lovely photo!
3 years ago.
J.Garcia club
Beautiful images but I highlight the 3rd where the Tower is framed by the V (ictory)

Thanks for the note, Jaap

Have a nice day!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Beau regard!!
3 years ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Très belle image !!
3 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Excellent image and great info Jaap
3 years ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Sehr sehr schön,mit Tollen PIP.
3 years ago.
RHH club
Beautiful image and great historical information, Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Beautiful composition.
Thank you for the info, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D club
Une belle image!
3 years ago.
Adele club
Finely composed image, I love the Pips too.
Have a nice new week Jaap
3 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo avec notes. Nicole.
3 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I visited this quite a few years ago (in the late 70s)...............it's certainly gone up-market since then..........but still instantly recognisable. Beautifully composed and taken Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Alda - not often here
Alda - not often her…
lovely view!!
3 years ago.
HappySnapper club
Nicely photographed and documented Jaap.
3 years ago.
cammino club
A mighty tower!
3 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
This is lovely, well done.
Have a nice evening.
3 years ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
where the ancient and the modern are erected together
3 years ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
This looks like a really interesting place to visit, and of course your photography is super. I tried picturing what it might look like white-washed...how wrong and hideous! Glad it's been allowed to age with dignity now. TY for the usual history lesson. Steve and I went to Provence, France last April and some day I will dig into the thousands of pictures. When I do, you will be in my mind as I research the choices that make the light of day!
3 years ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
An impressive building!
3 years ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
A lovely composition. I love the architecture if the White Tower. Cheers, Joe
3 years ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
The amount of effort that was needed to build that, I like the shape of the tree on the right
3 years ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Beau souvenir de vacances bien commenté !! Bonne semaine.
3 years ago.
 Dick M
Dick M
Good composition.
3 years ago.
neira-Dan club
le moderne en béton n'est pas à la hauteur de l'ancien !!
3 years ago.
 Citoyen du Monde
Citoyen du Monde club
joli patrimoine, quand le moderne flirte avec le passé !
3 years ago.
Frode club
Excellent shots.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
trester88 club
Ein beeindruckender Wehrturm!
3 years ago.
RHH club
Congratulations on Explore.
3 years ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Explore zeker verdiend, Jaap!
3 years ago.
Excellent image Jaap
3 years ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Nice overview****
3 years ago.
Esther club
Amazing that it has survived the ravages of time.
3 years ago.
tiabunna club
Interesting information and well taken images, Jaap.
3 years ago.
RHH club
Thanks for the visit and have a great day, Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
Great info and a super shot Jaap.
3 years ago.
xacobeo4 club
Beautiful composition, I love the effect of seeing the other photos of the same place, Good job, best regards, thank you for all your kind visits.
Happy Thanksgiving Day
3 years ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
beautiful composition
3 years ago.
 Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Lovely image. Jaap and thanks for the interesting info too.
3 years ago.
Krásna historická časť mesta...
3 years ago.
Schönes Foto, vor vielen Jahren dort gewesen, auf dem Weg Richtung Komotini.

3 years ago.
RHH club
Have a great day!
3 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
An interesting tower that survives alongside the more modern blocks we can see through the trees. Three lovely picture Jaap.
3 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Excellent shot, great PiPs
3 years ago.
 Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska club
Again I am learning so much from your stories, Jaap!
And I love the second PiP :)
3 years ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Jaap

Pretty picture!

Best Wishes, and a Good Weekend
3 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
very lovely compo !
3 years ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
schöne Serie, auch die PiPs.
3 years ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Thank you for the note Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Monikita Nipone
Monikita Nipone club
Beautiful pictures about Greece... Now I feel I need some sun! Thank you for the information, usually people never provide the historical-cultural background of the monuments. Have a great Sunday!
3 years ago.
Chris10 club
Prachtig Jaap! Blijft altijd mooi om de hoogtepunten in andere lanten te bezoeken!

Groet, Christien.
3 years ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Excellent photos!!
3 years ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
Interesting construction, pleasantly built not far from the seaside. A very nice frame and a very erudite postcard!
2 years ago.
 Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion club
Well framed to show the contrasting architecture, Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Silvana -Silvy 51
Silvana -Silvy 51 club
molto bella Jaap,
ciao, Silvy
2 years ago.
Gudrun club
An impressive building! My favourite is the 2nd PiP.
2 years ago.
 Carl Jón Denbow
Carl Jón Denbow
Nice photo, and interesting history. Thanks.
2 years ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
c'est splendide !******************
2 years ago.
Léopold club
Greatly surrounded by its trees soldiers.
2 years ago.

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