Ano Poli (Upper Town)
Located north of Agios Dimitrios at the highest point of the city and extends up to the Byzantine walls. Inhabited since the Hellenistic period with increasing population density reaching its peak in the period of the Turkish occupation. Boasting a cool microclimate and superb views across the city and the Thermaic Gulf. The houses adopt characteristics of the Macedonian and the wider Balkan architectural tradition. They are perfectly integrated at the unique style of the area which although a breath away from the bustling city center, boasts a quiet and more peaceful pace of life.
Aristotelous Square is the largest square in Thessaloniki and one of the largest and most impressive in Greece. On Aristotelous Square lie some of the most important and beautiful buildings of the city like the Olympion, where Thessaloniki’s Film Festival is conducted along with 12 listed buildings surrounding the square. Some of the best bookstores in the city are located on the square, several radio stations, public services and catering venues such as trendy cafés, restaurants, and trendy bakeries.
Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower)
Museum of Thessaloniki
The most famous symbol of Thessaloniki and one of the most recognizable monuments in Greece, the White Tower was built as a fortified tower in the 15th century and then used as a military camp and prison. The latest restoration was completed in 1985 and since then the White Tower was used for exhibitions, while from 2006 onwards operates permanently as a Museum of the city of Thessaloniki. The entire construction was part of the fortification of the city, starting from the eastern section, preserved to date in the Upper Town, and ended in the White Tower with the marine section which was demolished in 1867.
Agios Georgios Church
The building of Rotunda belongs to the wider Galerian complex of buildings including the Arch, the Palace and the Octagon. It was built by Galerius around 300 AC in order to become his mausoleum and at the end of the 4th century it was converted into a Christian church. From 1590 until the liberation of the city (1912) operates as a mosque and after the earthquake of 1978 it is converted into a museum. Today, apart from the works of art and temporary exhibitions hosted, visitors can admire the preserved mosaics and some rare wall paintings. The admission is free and you can visit it throughout the week.