The White tower, Greece
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The White tower, Greece

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The White tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. Originally constructed by the Ottomans to fortify the city's harbour, it became a notorious prison and scene of mass executions during the period of Ottoman rule. It was substantially remodeled and its exterior was whitewashed after Greece gained control of the city in 1912, turning the former "Tower of Blood" into the present-day White Tower. It has been adopted as the symbol of the city, and also as a symbol of Greek sovereignty over Macedonia.

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A: White Tower

por Marek Koszorek, a menos de 10 metros de distancia

White Tower

B: Thessaloniki By Night Lefkos Pyrgos Other Side

por Vasilis Triantafyllou, 40 metros de distancia

Thessaloniki By Night Lefkos Pyrgos Other Side

C: Thessaloniki By Night Leykos Pyrgos 1

por Vasilis Triantafyllou, 50 metros de distancia

Thessaloniki By Night Leykos Pyrgos 1

D: The White Tower of Thessaloniki

por Dimitar Torbov, 50 metros de distancia

The White Tower of Thessaloniki

E: White Tower of Thessaloniki

por Александр Хаджи, 70 metros de distancia

The White Tower of Thessaloniki (Greek: Λευκός Πύργος Lefkos Pyrgos), is a monument and museum on the...

White Tower of Thessaloniki

F: Thessaloniki By Night Leykos Pyrgos 2

por Vasilis Triantafyllou, 110 metros de distancia

Thessaloniki By Night Leykos Pyrgos 2

G: Thesaloniki Promedade

por Valentin Matache, 130 metros de distancia

Thesaloniki  Promedade

H: Small Square near Virgin Mary Church

por Branimir Minkov, 240 metros de distancia

The image is shot in the early afternoon of the New Year's eve. This is a small square near the board...

Small Square near Virgin Mary Church

I: Thessaloniki By Night Alexander The Great

por Vasilis Triantafyllou, 350 metros de distancia

Thessaloniki By Night Alexander The Great

J: Thessaloniki By Night Other SIde Walking 01

por Vasilis Triantafyllou, 390 metros de distancia

Thessaloniki By Night Other SIde Walking 01

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Text by Steve Smith.

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