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“Sightseeing Thessaloniki” is a comprehensive introduction to the rich and multifaceted history of Thessaloniki, the imperial city par excellence where Romans, Greeks, Jews, and Ottomans created a fascinating cultural mosaic.

(Greek, English, Russian, Turkish, German, Italian, French, Hebrew)  #History #Urban

The tour begins at the White Tower, the perennial symbol of Thessaloniki with a dark but fascinating history of colour changes depending on its use. Then we move on to the museum neighborhood. The museums of Thessaloniki host unique treasures, but what is even more important is to experience the way these treasures are exhibited. Hagia Sophia is the very heart of Thessaloniki and the most important of the city’s many Byzantine churches that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But the city catered to far more than its citizens spiritual needs. The Modiano covered market was built in the 1920s and houses numerous small tavernas. Saint Demetrios is the patron saint of Thessaloniki and his church one of the city’s most important pilgrimage sites. Further to the north are the remains of the castles of Thessaloniki, remnants from a time when the city was shrouded in an impermeable stone curtain that kept the city safe from invaders and the wind. The Rotunda is an unforgettable building whose architecture reflects the Roman, Christian and Ottoman cultures. But one should not forget that the city was remarkably wealthy in the Roman period, a seat of emperors that built impressive palaces and temples.The Kamara was a triumphal arch to commemorate the victory of emperor Galerius against the Persians. He ruled over a prosperous city and a short stroll around the Roman Agora is a true travel in time experience as you come across Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans who lived their lives next to each other. But one should not forget the Great Fire of 1917, a devastating event that became a unique opportunity to redesign downtown Thessaloniki. Aristotelous square preserves the architects’ original plans for a Byzantine and imperial metropolis. Finally, it is time to head to the port, where you can truly appreciate the city. But this was also the site of one of Thessaloniki’s darkest moments.

To take this self-guided mobile tour from Start Point (White Tower) make sure you’ve downloaded the app on your tablet or mobile phone.

Highlights

  • See the Holocaust Memorial commemorating the loss fo the city’s populous and prosperous Jewish community in the Second World War.
  • Look at the marble panels of the Kamara depicting the campaign of Galerius against the Persians, the battles, the prisoners and the spoils.
  • Visit Thessaloniki’s oldest extant Ottoman building, the so-called Bey Hamam, built in 1444 and currently used for exhibitions and cultural events.
  • Explore the Gardens of the Pasha, an open park packed with fantastic structures such as the fountain, the tunnel and the cistern.

Sites & Duration

  • 13 stops
  • 40+ Attractions
  • 70 minutes on the bus and a day on foot

What is a Clio Muse Tour ?

This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by Clio Muse tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included:

  •  Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone in Greek, English, Russian, Turkish, German, Italian, French, Hebrew.
  • Offline content with offline interactive map and signature stories
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app with no extra fees

Not included:

  •  Smartphone
  • App not available for Windows phones
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees

Additional Information

  • Please note that this is an audio self-guided tour. No VR / AR is included, no physical guide will accompany you.
  • You must have an Android or iOS smartphone for this digital tour.
  • Usage of headphones is recommended, in order to best enjoy this multimedia (audio, photos & text) self-guided tour.