Thessaloniki Castle - Heptapyrgion, Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Castle - Heptapyrgion, Thessaloniki

The Heptapyrgion also popularly known by its Ottoman Turkish name Yedi Kule, is a Byzantine and Ottoman-era fortress situated on the north-eastern corner of the acropolis of Thessaloniki. Despite its name, which in both languages means "Fortress of Seven Towers", it features ten, and was probably named after the Yedikule Fortress in Constantinople. It served as the major redoubt of the city's acropolis, as well as the seat of its garrison commander in Ottoman times, until the late 19th century. It was then converted to a prison, which remained open until 1989. References to the infamous Yedi Kule prison abound in the Greek rebetika songs. Restoration and archaeological work began in the 1970s and continues to this day.
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Thessaloniki Castle - Heptapyrgion on Map

Sight Name: Thessaloniki Castle - Heptapyrgion
Sight Location: Thessaloniki, Greece (See walking tours in Thessaloniki)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Thessaloniki, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Creating your own self-guided walk in Thessaloniki is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Thessaloniki Introduction Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Introduction Walking Tour

Thessaloniki boasts a wealth of historic landmarks revealing eventful past of this ancient city. Among them the most notable are the Palace of Galerius and its Rotunda, the White Tower, plus a number of churches listed as the world heritage sights. Follow this orientation walk to explore the top attractions of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Thessaloniki's Historical Churches

Thessaloniki's Historical Churches

Thessaloniki is an old city with a rich Christian history. Some of the twelve apostles visited the city and wrote epistles to its people, which entered the cannon of New Testament. There are many great ancient churches here, but of special interest are the beautiful smaller ones. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most splendid churches of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Thessaloniki Waterfront Tour

Thessaloniki Waterfront Tour

Thessaloniki is a lovely city set on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The waterfront offers magnificent views of the sea and of the distant Olympus mountains. While walking here you will see historic monuments, beautiful parks with fountains, many cafes, churches, and other interesting sights. This self-guided tour offers a pleasant walk along the coast of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Upper Town (Ano Poli) Thessaloniki is the most ancient part of the city that is approximately 2300 years old. Here you may see the ancient Byzantine wall with its towers, ancient religious sites with Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, and other remnants of the city's great civilization. Take this tour to have a closer look of what's left.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles