The white tower is the iconic monument of Thessaloniki, the largest city in northern Greece. It appears in all official documents, serves as the logo of the transportation network and the tourist office. It is located by the sea, on the pedestrian boardwalk that runs along the coast. Thessaloniki is a beach town and also a large industrial city but a trip to go and see the tower is not to be missed. There are always many people on the boardwalk, walking around, enjoying an ice cream, chatting. The building is beautiful, does not appear to be 500 years old but is not so white after all. It is rather gray due to pollution, which is a pity. The blue and white Greek flag that waves on top completes the picture. The tower is now open to the public to visit.
The Bey Hamami or Baths of Paradise, were the first Ottoman Turkish baths to be built in Thessaloniki in the year 1444. It consists of a double room with separate sections for men and women. At the time, there was no communication between the two sides. Once inside, you stayed on your side. The sections are symmetrical to each other with a parallel axis. The entrance to the men's section was of course wider and better decorated. It is located on Egnatia Street, while the entrance for women, more simple and small, is on the north side of the building. The rooms of the two parts were built in a traditional way, with the coldest room first, then the warmer room and then the main and hottest room. Finally there are individual hot rooms, where you could take off all your clothes in order to sweat. The walls are in contact with the heat coming from a fire beneath. There are marble tablets in the warm rooms for both men and women, with water to cool it. Today the baths are no longer in operation and instead houses a museum that you can visit.
The Arch of Galerius in on Gounari Dimitrios Egnatia Street in Thessaloniki. It was constructed between the years 298 and 299 AD and dedicated in the year 303 AD to remember the victory of the tetrarch Galerius over the Sassanid Persians and the invasion of Ctesiphon in the the year 298. The structure was octópila (meaning it had eight pillars) forming a triple arch , constructed with core brick masonry, which in turn was later covered with panels decorated with sculpted reliefs.