One of the main attractions from the Greek city – Salonika, is the Eptapyrgion fortress. For many people this is the main reason to visit this city, as one can see the remains of the people that lived before us, the ruins and the citadels.
Salonika is the second town in Greece as far as the size concerns, after Athens and the biggest city from the northern part of the country. It used to be the capital of the Byzantium Empire until it was moved to Constantinople. One can get easily here – from the Paralia – Katerini, Olympic Beach resorts or the Khalkidhiki peninsula.
The Kastra, Ano Poli or the City from the above is located in the tallest area of the Salonika. You may not be a history lover, but it’s worth coming here to admire the beautiful view, at least. It is the best preserved area from Salonika and the Byzantine walls were raised as a protection against the invaders. The gates of the city were demolished and the White Tower and the Trigonion Tower were the ones that survived time. Until the 19th century the citadel was surrounded by 3 meters thick walls. Their width was of 7 kilometers, doubled, and at 10 meters one from another. Inside the walls there is a small park where one can enjoy a walk, do a lot of photos or rest at the shade of the multi colors rose bays. The second level of fortifications was raised with the main purpose of housing the inhabitants in case of any attacks. In 1431 the Turkish people built a tower – the Yedi Kule one, after the falling of this city.
In Kastra one can see the Eptapyrgion fortress. The third level of fortifications is actually the fortress. It is the last and at the same time the most powerful fort, having 7 towers and thick walls. Until 1989 this was a prison but later on it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside it one can visit museum and participate at different cultural events.