Thessaloniki International Half Marathon, is an amazing run event of low difficulty, which is taking place in a Greek city that has always been a crossroad of civilizations, Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki (in greek Θεσσαλονίκη), the ancient Thessalonica, is the second largest city of Greece by number of inhabitants and the most important city of the Greek Macedonia region.
The city has several traces of Ottoman Empire and the Jewish community, which before the Second World War was one of the largest in Europe, as well as numerous examples of early Christian and Byzantine architectures, which have been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Thessaloniki Half Marathon offers the opportunity to runners to enjoy a beautiful route along the coastline of Thessaloniki, where the enduring symbols of a glorious history are visible.
The Thessaloniki International Half Marathon starts at Nikis Avenue and finishes at the White Tower.
The White Tower of Thessaloniki is one of the main monuments of the city. The building overlooks the harbor and is located in a public park. The White Tower was fortified in the fifteenth century, later used as a guard of Janissaries and as a prison for those sentenced to death. It was built on the site of an earlier Byzantine tower, which connected the eastern side of the fortress of Thessaloniki (which survives today), with the sea (demolished in 1866).
Initially it was called “the Lions Tower” and later, during the years of Ottoman rule, assumed several other names. In the eighteenth century it was called “Fortress Kalamaria” and during the nineteenth century, when it was used as a prison for those sentenced to life imprisonment, “Tower of the Janissaries” and “Kanli-Kule” that is to say “the Tower of Blood” because the Turks used it as a prison for those about to die, and as a place of torture, often performed by the Janissaries, filling the walls with blood.
In 1890, Nathan Guéledi, a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment in the tower, whitewashed building in exchange for his freedom, since the monument was called “Beyaz Kule” that is to say the “White Tower”.
During your stay in Thessaloniki you should visite the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Museum of Byzantine Culture.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki was established in 1962 and houses some of the most important ancient Macedonian artifacts, including an extensive collection of golden artwork from the royal palaces of Aigai and Pella.
Another interesting museum to visit is the Atatürk Museum, the historic house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern-day Turkey, was born. The house is now part of the Turkish consulate complex, but admission to the museum is free.
If you like travel and running, enjoy the 3rd Thessaloniki International Half Marathon, you will like it.
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