Main landmarks in Kavala

Main landmarks in Kavala 1Main landmarks in Kavala, one of the major cities in northern Greece and the most important port in the administrative region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. I visited it on a December Sunday, when I looked at the Christmas town of Onirupoli in Drama on Saturday, which you can read here. In Greece, winter, insofar as the mild Mediterranean climate allows for winter, is relatively warm, and even at the end of the year, it had plenty of fresh greenery. The day was very windy, with crystal clear air, a bright blue sky and a dazzling sun that came even more to some of the pictures. After breakfast and going to the beach despite the strong wind, we left Keramoti and headed for our main destination for the day – the sights of Kavala.

However, this industry has fallen over time, and today it is occupied by tourism, fishing and agriculture – growing olives, grapes, asparagus, kiwi and other crops. In front of the tourists are widely advertised the famous kavala cookies – butterflies with powdered sugar and whole almonds. The fortress of Kavala is located at the highest point of the city and is considered with an entrance fee.Main landmarks in Kavala 6 Main landmarks in Kavala 2The various parts of the fortress walls and fortifications date from different historical periods, but the upper fortress was built in 1425 by the Turks and Venetians. In front of its entrance there is a summer theater, where you can see a large part of the city and where various cultural events are organized. The inner fortified part includes several buildings that were used for a weapon stock, a water tank, and a large defensive tower that you can climb to.

I suppose it would be even more impressive if one could attend an event at the summer theater on a hot July evening at the top of the hill where the music is borne by the cool sea breeze. Another important landmark in the old part of the city is the Church of Virgin Mary, which is located near the sea and is famous as one of the most beautiful temples of Kavala. In its place, there was a female monastery, from which the bell tower and some icons from the iconostasis were preserved. Today’s church was built in place in 1965 and was therefore never sanctified. In the courtyard of the temple there are two chapels dedicated to St. Fanrio and St. Main landmarks in KavalaPhiloteus. Behind the church there is a square with a statue of Mohamed Ali Pasha, and at one end is his home.Main landmarks in Kavala 5

Its house was built in 1720 and is preserved in a very good condition. Today it is used as a museum, but people who visited it were not very impressed. Mohammed Ali built an imaret in 1817, considered to be the largest Islamic building in Europe. The immigrant is a charity where sheltered homeless people and free food. At the beginning, besides a shelter in the building, there was also a spiritual school.

It is near the square and you will probably end up on it on your way to the church. Today it is a luxury hotel. On the way to the fortress in one of the streets you will see a fourth pink building, where is the mosque of Khalil Bey. It is believed to have been built on the foundations of an early Christian Basilica. In the new part of Kavala, it is worth taking care of the pier, which is a pleasant place to go regardless of the season. Main landmarks in Kavala 4In this area, the buildings are trendy and you can see brand stores or sit in a café and restaurant. Nearby is the Church of St. Paul, called the patron saint of the city. It is believed that the apostle first stepped up in Europe at this port.

During your walk in the new area, you’ll probably see an impressive, white, white building at the bottom of one of the squares. There is no way to mistake her because her architecture is not like anything else you will see in the city. It was built at the end of the nineteenth century by the wealthy Hungarian baron – the tobacco merchant Pierre Ertzach. Once the building was the center of balls and lavish mundane events, but the son of the baron sold it to the Joint-Stock Company in 1921.



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