Ano Poli
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Ano Poli (upper town) is a picturesque part of Thessaloniki. It is renowned for its scenic views and historical sites.

About Ano Poli

It is believed to have been established by the first christians in the 400s, who chose it for its natural fortification due to its steep ascent and remoteness. The turks, when they conquered Thessaloniki, settled in Ano poli, rendering it home to most of the city’s turkish population. Jews and greeks were confined to living near the port, with the exception of those jews who converted to islam, and immigrants from Bosnia. Before Thessaloniki was liberated from the ottoman empire, Ano Poli had a population of 25,000. Today, it remains as one of Thessaloniki’s most beautiful and treasured areas.

The uppertown. The highest and oldest part of Thessaloniki survived the devastation of the 1917 fire, saving its byzantine and ottoman roots. As a result of the tragedy in asia minor, thousands of refugees sought refuge in Ano poli. Nowadays, the uppertown is distinctly different from other parts of the city. By visiting, you are taken back in time, to a period of victories, devastation, and a mix of different civilizations and cultures.

Fascinating vews

The upper city of Thessaloniki offers a delightful experience, with its quaint cobblestone alleys, ancient plazas, and classic macedonian-style buildings. Most of the byways are too narrow to allow the passage of vehicles, but this only adds to the appeal of the district, lending itself to leisurely walks and thoughtful musings.

Ano poli is the neighbourhood in Thessaloniki known for its rich historical monuments:

  • Eptapirgio. This impressive fortress, constructed in the 4th century, is recognized for its byzantine and ottoman features. It was captured by the turks during the year 1431 and has since served multiple purposes, such as being the home to a city administration, a military garrison, and a prison. In the present day, the walls of the Eptapirgio serve as the venue for a variety of cultural events.
  • St. Nicholas orphanos church. This byzantine relic is a part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage. Unlike many other places of worship in Greece, it was not changed into a mosque during the ottoman rule, which helped preserve the frescoes in superb condition.
  • Inside the building is the Ataturk museum, being the birthplace of the most notable person in turkish history. The museum displays genuine items that once belonged to Ataturk.
  • Latomu monastery is a VI century religious site, with only the church of st. David having remained to the present day. Here, visitors can view incredible mosaics and frescoes.
  • Vlatadon monastery is a popular Thessaloniki site, located close to the walls of an old fortress. It was first recorded in the xiv century.
  • Trigoniu tower is a late XV century structure, which was used up until the XVIII century as part of the defense system of Ano Poli.

Ano Polioffers an observation deck with a spectacular view of Thessaloniki. On a clear day, you can also see the stunning silhouette of mount Olympus.

What to do

Ano Poli’s home to cozy taverns that serve up delicious greek and asian food. Prices are reasonable despite its popularity among tourists.

Don’t forget to look for a souvenir to bring home from Ano poli. There are plenty of shops where you can find the perfect memento.

Routes 22 and 23 can take you to Ano poli. If you prefer a leisurely stroll, you can walk from the city center. Just plan on it taking you around 40 minutes as the path is an uphill one.


 Don’t worry about leaving Ano Poli before sunset, as the evening brings out its beauty. From the architecture to the stunning sight of the sun setting and the city lights twinkling, it’s a sight to behold.