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ATTRACTIONS
- The White Tower is the ultimate landmark of the city! It was built during the first half of the 15th century, it’s located on the seaside promenade and it’s about 37 meters high, even though it looks higher from up close. It was originally built by Venetians, while the Turks, three centuries later, turned it into a prison for the Janissaries. It’s worth mentioning that for a while it was known as the Tower of Blood.
- Rotunda is another building from the era of Galerius. Theodosios the Great turned it into the church of Asomaton. Its mosaics and the frescoes were created during that era. In 1591, it became a mosque and at the end of the Ottoman Empire it was turned into the church of Agios Georgios.
- Galerius Arch: It was built to remind us of the Galerius Valerius Maximilian’s triumph over the Persians in 298 BC. The monument in its initial form was quadrilateral with a dome and it “roofed” a central crossroad. Today, only one arch is left and it features engraved images from the battle. This is one of the city’s most popular meeting points.
- The church of Agia Sofia (7th century): This is a very important Paleochristian monument in Thessaloniki. It’s a Basilica with a dome, built during the Leo III Isaurus’ rule. The dome’s mosaic reenacts the Ascension of Jesus.
- The church of Virgin Mary of Aheiropoiitou. This is a big basilica of the 5th century, with exceptional mosaics. According to the tradition, this is where an icon was created without any human input.
- The Virgin Mary of Halkeon is located in the Courts’ Square. It’s a cruciform church from the Byzantine Era.
- The Church of Agios Dimitrios, who is the patron saint of the city, is a five-aisled Paleochristian basilica. During the Roman era, there were Baths in this same location. Agios Dimitrios martyred and buried in this location and this is why the church was built on this very spot. The eastern part of the church constitutes a crypt. After WW2, it was restored. Today there is a Museum inside the church.
- Agios Georgios Square is near the limits of the new and the old city.
- Agios Nikolaos is in Herodotus Street, a small narrow road of the upper side of the city. It’s a church dated back to the 14th century with exceptional frescoes.
- Vlatades Monastery borders with the city walls. It’s internationally acclaimed due to the Ecumenical Foundation of Patristic Studies. The main church is a cruciform building with a dome and was constructed on the 14th century.
- The Eptapyrgio (7 towers) was protecting the city during the Theodosios’ era. It was amended during the Byzantium and the Ottoman Rule. Today only one tower is left on the north side, which was later used as a prison, known as Yedikule.
- The church of Saint David is a Paleochristian building of the 5th century, which boasts the famous Ezekiel’s Vision fresco.
- The church of Agia Aikaterini of the 13th century, in a cruciform.
- The Saint Apostles (14th century), a cruciform church with rich decoration.
- The State Theater of Northern Greece was established in 1960 by Socrates Karantinos. This is where the city’s Gallery is also hosted, with works of prominent Greek and foreign painters.
- The rotating tower of the Thessaloniki International Fair. The facilities take over a vast area of many square meters. On the side that faces the 3rd September Street, within the exhibition area, visitors will see the Alexandreio Athletic Melathron. The Thessaloniki International Fair opens its doors annually on the first Sunday of September and it’s the most important commercial and financial event of the city. It’s of international interest and it attracts many participants.  
- The Archeological Museum hosts and displays the history of the entire region of Macedonia. The headless Kouros and the Kore of the Archaic era, the tombs of the Classical era, the mosaics, as well as the sculptures and portraits of the Roman era are exceptional works that bedazzle the visitors.
- The Ethnological and Folklore Museum displays interesting folk art artifacts from Macedonia, like local attires, embroideries, woven and everyday utensils. In the main Proxenou Koromila Street there is also a very specialized museum. Here, the exhibits come from the era of the Macedonian Battle (1878-1912).
 
ROUTES
 
The brand new Egnatia Highway connects Thessaloniki with numerous beautiful destinations, at a close or longer distance.
 
East of the city, you can tour Lake Volvi and see the lakeside settlements and the local flora and fauna (Thessaloniki – Volvi 30 km, the Round of Volvi 70 km). Right after Volvi, a route of about 6-7 kilometers in the old Thessaloniki – Kavala national highway goes through the Macedonian Tempi, a region with tall trees and plains. Even further to the east on Egnatia Highway, you will reach the beautiful city of Kavala.
 
On the north side, you can visit the amazing wetland of Lake Kerkini, by following the road to Serres and after about 65 kilometers.
 
On the northwest, you will see the most popular ski center of Northern Greece: Mount Voras (altitude 2.524 m.), also known as Kaymakçalan (Thessaloniki – P. Agios Athanasios 117 km). From there and by making few kilometers further to the north, you will stumble across the famous Pozar Baths, which are hot springs that emerge from within the rich vegetation, at the entrance of a gorge. Also, on the northwest side, on the road to Kaymakçalan and Edessa (88 km) with the famous falls, you should stop and tour the impressive archeological site with the incredible new museum of Ancient Pella.
 
On the west side, through Egnatia Highway, you shouldn’t miss the incredible archeological site of Vergina, the Byzantine Veroia, the warm Naoussa and the imposing Mount Vermio (2.065 m.), which has two major ski centers: Seli –close to Veroia- and Tria~Pente Pigadia –close to Naoussa.
 
On the southwest, the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway will bring you to Katerini (70 km), where you will find the signs that will lead you to the incredible Pieria Mountains (2.190 m.). There is a small ski center there, as well as the beautiful Elatohori, with the perfect tourism infrastructure.

On the south side, still following the national highway, you will see the Platamonas Castle, the famous Tempi and a little further to the south the always vibrant Litohoro (91 km), in the foot of the legendary Mount Olympus (2.918m.).


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