ZONE A: THE WHITE TOWER AND ITS ENVIRONS
The Eastern side of the centre: From the Town Hall and the White Tower until Iktinou Street. It comprises the Town Hall and the White Tower, which means a lot in its own right.
Here, you will also find the most important museums of the city, like the Archaeological Museum, which is housed in a building, designed by the renowned Greek architect Patroklos Karantinos and has been registered as a listed monument of modern heritage and a work of art, as it is a fine example of the Modernist Movement in Greece. Its collections include artifacts and assemblages from excavations conducted since 1912 by the Greek Antiquities Service throughout Macedonia. Its exhibitions are organized and presented in a completely human-centric way, representing –to the extent allowed by the findings and scientific research– the everyday lives of the people that used to inhabit this region of Greece.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture is also located in this area. Designed by the Greek architect Kyriakos Krokos, it has been characterized as “exemplary in its kind and a worthy example of public building, in the Public Works category”. It has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize for the year 2005. The Museum of Byzantine Culture aims in presenting various aspects of life during the byzantine and post-byzantine periods: art, ideology, social structure and religion, as well as how historical changes and the political situation were affecting people’s everyday life.
Here, you will also find the YMCA (HANTh), the International Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF), the Royal Theatre of Northern Greece and the State Theatre of Greece, all of which are institutions that play a vital role in the life of the city.
This part of the centre is otherwise residential with low profile commercial activity, and it offers great options as to where to eat or drink and spend your free time…