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francescool

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Did you know that the white tower of Thessaloniki (lefkos pyrgos) was not the original tower that was there in the first place? During the siege of Thessaloniki in 1185, the tower was destroyed and then rebuilt. The new tower (the one that we see today) was constructed by the Ottoman Empire by an architect who constructed a similar tower in Valona, Albania.
 

k_tsoukalas

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Did you know that the white tower of Thessaloniki (lefkos pyrgos) was not the original tower that was there in the first place? During the siege of Thessaloniki in 1185, the tower was destroyed and then rebuilt. The new tower (the one that we see today) was constructed by the Ottoman Empire by an architect who constructed a similar tower in Valona, Albania.
I didn't know that! That's interesting. You have to figure that these older structures have probably been through a lot, whether it was simply the passage of time or maybe even destroyed through invasion, natural disaster, etc.
 
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This is one of my favorite places. I thought I would create a space for us to share our favorite photos. I'll start!

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