Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour (Self Guided), Thessaloniki

Upper Town 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.
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Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Thessaloniki (See other walking tours in Thessaloniki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Thessaloniki Castle - Heptapyrgion
  • Byzantine Walls
  • Trigoniou Tower
  • Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos
  • Atatürk Museum
  • Alatza Imaret
  • Church of Prophetes Elias
  • Ayia Katerini
  • Tsinari Area
  • Church of Hosios David
  • Vlatadon Monastery
Thessaloniki Castle - Heptapyrgion

1) Thessaloniki Castle - Heptapyrgion

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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Byzantine Walls

2) Byzantine Walls (must see)

The Byzantine Walls around the city date back as far as 315 BC. Parts of these walls have survived to the present day, and you can see them in the Acropolis. There are towers still standing at the corners that provide panoramic views of Thessaloniki along with an insight into the mysterious Byzantine culture.
Trigoniou Tower

3) Trigoniou Tower

The Trigoniou Tower is also the symbol of the city of Thessaloniki, Greece. This significant monument is located in Thessaloniki's Historic Center. It's worth a visit.
Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos

4) Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos (must see)

The Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos is an early 14th-century Byzantine church.

The church's name, "Saint Nicholas the Orphan", is first attested in the 17th and 18th centuries, and presumably refers to its otherwise unknown ktetor (founder). From its interior decoration, the building is dated to the period 1310–1320. The church originally formed part of a monastery, traces of which (remnants of a gate) survive to the east.

The church was originally built as a simple, single-aisled edifice with a wooden gabled roof. Later, aisles were added on three sides. They form an ambulatory, under whose floor several graves have been found.

The church is most notable for its frescoes, contemporary with the church's construction, which cover almost the entire interior surface. The frescoes are an example of the Thessalonican school at the height of the "Palaiologan Renaissance", and their creator may be the same who decorated the Hilandar monastery in Mount Athos in 1314. The church has been linked to the Serbian king Stephen Uroš II Milutin, who is known to have sponsored churches in the city, on account of the depiction in the main aisle of St George Gorgos, the Serbian ruler's patron saint, and of St.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Atatürk Museum

5) Atatürk Museum (must see)

The Atatürk Museum is a historic house museum in Thessaloniki.

The house is the birthplace of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was born here in 1881.

It is a three-floor house with a courtyard on 24 Apostolou Pavlou Street, next to the Turkish Consulate. Before the acquisition of Thessaloniki by the Greek Army, it was known as "Koca Kasım Paşa district, Islahhane street". It was built before 1870 and in 1935 the Greek Government gave it to the Turkish State.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Alatza Imaret

6) Alatza Imaret

There are many monuments left from the Ottoman period in the history of Thessaloniki. A former mosque, originally built in the 15th century, Alatza Imaret is a historic and architectural attraction. This is one of the best preserved Turkish monuments in the city. It was a very impressive mosque in its glory days.
Church of Prophetes Elias

7) Church of Prophetes Elias

The Church of Prophetes Elias is a monastic building set near the part of the city surrounded by the Byzantine Walls. Domes cover the church and its chapels. Inside the church you will see surviving wall paintings. In the past it was the Monastery of Akapnios, dedicated to Christ. After the Turkish conquest, the church was transformed into a mosque; later, it again became a place of Christian worship. This old church is a historic monument of Thessaloniki. Archaeological excavations were performed here between 1987 and 1991.
Ayia Katerini

8) Ayia Katerini (must see)

The Church of Saint Catherine (Greek: Ayia Katerini) is a late Byzantine church in the northwestern corner of the old city of Thessaloniki. The church dates to the Palaiologan period, but its exact dating and original dedication are unknown. From its interior decoration, which survives in fragments and is dated to circa 1315, it has been suggested that it was the katholikon of the Monastery of Christ Almighty. It was converted to a mosque by Yakup Pasha in the reign of the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II (1481–1512) and named after him Yakup Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Yakup Paşa Camii). In 1988, it was included among the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tsinari Area

9) Tsinari Area

The Tsinari Area is home to many local taverns where you can taste famous Greek appetizers and wines accompanied by traditional melodies. This is a pleasant place to have a rest after seeing the many sights that the Upper Town offers. The highly popular taverns in this area are situated among old-style buildings and the alleys are stone-paved, all of which contributes to the the nostalgic atmosphere of this neighborhood.
Church of Hosios David

10) Church of Hosios David (must see)

The Church of Hosios David is a striking ancient religious site set in the Upper Town of Thessaloniki, and is what remains of the monastery of Christ the Savior. This church was built in approximately the 5th century. Here you may see frescoes and mosaics of Christ and scenes from the Old Testament. This church is one of the oldest monuments in this city. It is popular with tourists, especially those interested in the history of Orthodox and Byzantine religious art.
Vlatadon Monastery

11) Vlatadon Monastery (must see)

The Vlatadon Monastery is located in the Upper Town. There were many religious sites here during the Byzantine period, but only a few remain. The monastery was established in the 14th century. Due to its location, you can see the whole city of Thessaloniki, and even the Mount Olympus, from the monastery. Inside, you can see relics of saints, old scripture, icons, and other religious artifacts from those ancient times.

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: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Thessaloniki Coastline Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Coastline Walking Tour

Thessaloniki is a lovely city set on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The coastline offers magnificent views of the waters 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: 4.5 Km or 2.8 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: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Thessaloniki Art Galleries Tour

Thessaloniki Art Galleries Tour

Thessaloniki exhibits both old and new art. Here you may find displayed ancient art from Byzantine period coexisting with contemporary arts presented for sale at numerous shops and galleries around the city. Follow this tour and explore the art treasures of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki is famous for its heavenly delicious pastries. It is impossible to leave the city without visiting its bakeries, whose scents are simply too hard to resist. Some of these bakeries are legendary and the locals buy their stuff by the kilogram. Take our tour to taste the unforgettable, mouth-watering delights lovingly baked in Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour

Thessaloniki's many museums give a complete picture of the city's rich culture and history. The most worthwhile museums are located in the area of Tsimiski Street. Here you can see prehistoric relics and treasures from the ancient Macedonian and medieval Byzantine eras in these museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to the museums that will reveal the antiquity of this land.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles