The main square of Thessaloniki that together with the surrounding buildings is famous for the "European architecture" that brought to the city.
Aristotelous Square is the largest square in Thessaloniki and one of the largest and most impressive in Greece. It took its current form after the fire of 1917 that was almost a total disaster for the biggest part of the city. The square was designed by the French architect Ernest Hébrand in 1918. Architecturally, the site includes several Venetian, Byzantine, and even Arabic elements while it reached its final shape after the constructions of 1960. The most recent restoration took place in 2000.
The impressive buildings of the square offer its special architectural notion and have an extraordinary view of the Thermaikos Gulf and sometimes based on the weather circumstances to the snowy slopes of Mount Olympus. The most famous among them is the Olympion Theater that hosts the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki and the Electra Palace Hotel that is famous for its roof garden with an amazing view.
The square is located at the central core and at the same time by the seafront of the city on Nikis Avenue which is the road that runs the coastline of Thessaloniki. Over the decades, Aristotelous Square played an active role in city life with numerous sociopolitical perspectives. It is the place that hosts political speeches, rallies, festivals, cultural events, and other celebrations. Parallel to that is is a spot that serves as a meeting point and offers moments of relaxation and recreation to the inhabitants of the city.
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|address||Aristotelous Square, Thessaloniki 546 24, Greece
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