White Tower

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White Tower information

Location
Thessaloniki , Greece
Telephone
+30 2310 267 832
More information
www.lpth.gr
Opening hours
8.30am-3pm Tue-Sun
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The history of Thessaloniki’s most famous landmark, the pacific White Tower, is actually bathed in blood. In 1826 Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II massacred rebellious janissaries (elite troops of forcibly Islamicised Christian boys) here. After the 1913 Greek reconquest, the ‘bloody tower’ was whitewashed to expunge this grisly past. Although the whitewash is long gone, the name stuck.

The tower’s interactive museum presents Thessaloniki’s history through multimedia displays.