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Plateia Aristotelous

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Free

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Atmosphere

Aristotelous Square was ground zero of architect Ernest Hébrard's new urban plan for Thessaloniki, following the 1917 fire. He envisioned a large open public space on the edge of the water to be named "Alexander the Great Square." However, Hébrard's plans never came fully to fruition. Due to budget restrictions, the square was constructed much more humbly in the 1950s. Even the intended name didn't stick.

Still, Aristotelous Square, named after the street that funnels into it, serves as an important city center. A Christmas market takes over in December, and large city-wide festivities, like New Year's Eve, are usually focused in the square.  You'll find people hustling through the area, unless they've perched themselves at a café table to observe Thessaloniki's urban hustle. One Virtual Tourist insists: "It's not enough just to come and walk through once. You need to sit down on one of the benches and take it all in. It's the best place to sit and watch the locals going to and fro."

On the Aegean Sea and along the major north-south thoroughfare, Aristotelous Square is hard to miss. The surrounding area hosts numerous hotels and restaurants that you'll probably visit.

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#0 Museum of Byzantine Culture

Winner of the Council of Europe's Museum Prize in 2005, the Museum of Byzantine Culture beautifully displays regional artifacts that concern the ancient empire. Everyday objects and artwork that reflect the social, religious and political aspects of this period are displayed in a dynamic and chronological way. One Virtual Tourist attests that the museum "gives a greater appreciation for the importance of Thessaloniki in older times that you may not get without going here." To learn the most about Thessaloniki's history, you'd best be served by visiting this museum after the Archeological Museum, which has exhibitions that predate the Byzantine era. Fortunately, the two are only a five-minute walk away from each other.

The Museum of Byzantine Culture is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours on Monday.  To reach this site or the Archeological Museum, you can take Bus no. 58 from Dikastirion Square or Bus no. 11 eastward on Egnatia Street. Entrance costs about €4 EUR (or about $5.50 USD). For more information, visit the official website.

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