Old Town of Thessaloniki

« Ano Poli »

Point of interest in Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia

The neighborhood that is next to the vivid city center of Thessaloniki but has a totally different atmosphere and travels the visitor to another era.

The old town of Thessaloniki or Ano Poli (=Upper Town) as mainly called by the locals is located north of the Church of St Demetrius and extends up to the Byzantine walls. It is one of the few regions of Thessaloniki that survived the big fire of 1917 and this fact helped towards the preservation of the Byzantine and Ottoman era design that was largely destroyed after the reconstructions that followed the big fire.

Many houses of this neighborhood follow the typical Macedonian and Balkan architecture and even if it is very close to the city center, it creates an environment away from the city noise and provides a calmer way of living. It is the home place of many elderly but also attracts poets, intellectuals, and bohemians of the city. Finally, it stands for its cool micro-climate, the cool breezes from the sea, and the magnificent view of Thermaikos Gulf.

A walk around the narrow streets of Ano Poli, brings in mind the streets of islands, while for the visitors finding such a place so close to the city center of Thessaloniki is a totally unexpected experience. It is almost mandatory for everyone a visit to one of the small traditional tavernas of the area in order to taste some of the typical Greek dishes. While here are located some very well-known attractions like Eptapyrgion, the church of Hosios David, the Vlatadon monastery, Alantza Imaret, the church of Taxiarches and many more.

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Last Update: 16 Dec 2020
address Ano Poli, Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece
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