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3D Representation of Thessaloniki's Byzantine Fortifications

thessaloniki-coastal-wallAn impressive 3D representation of the coastal wall that once protected Thessaloniki – based on Byzantine descriptions and illustrations of the fortification before it was demolished by invading Turks – has been recently uploaded to YouTube.
According to Ioannis Artopoulos, the man who uploaded the clip, the Turks’ primary reason for destroying the wall was the beautification of the northern Greek city and the need to “cleanse” the lower part of the harbor. Indeed, the demolition subsequently yielded economic benefits to the Ottoman invaders, since it cleared the way for new real estate and greater trading capacities.
The outer Byzantine fortifications used to extend across the entire city; the coastal wall, however, began at Top Hane and ended at the White Tower.

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