Aristotelous Square - Aristotelous street, Thessaloniki

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    Aristotelous square

    by mindcrime Written May 15, 2015

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    Aristotelous is a central and definitely the most famous square in Thessaloniki. It’s located near the seafront, just over Nikis avenue.

    It is named after Aristotle of course, the famous Greek philosopher and scientist that lived and teached in the Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedonia during the 3rd century BC. He's a larger than life figure with great influence globally, he was a student of Plato and then became the master of Alexander the Great. As expected there’s a statue about him on the square so visitors can take their photos (pic) or even touch it in an attempt to get some of his wisdom :)

    The popular wide open square was originally designed by Ernest Hebrard in 1918 (just after the Great Fire of 1917) and the original plan was to name the square after Alexander The Great with a large statue dedicated to him in the middle. It was actually the first big square because the town didn’t have any normal square before 1917. In reality the square was completed in 1950s with much more modest facades that the original elaborate sketches of Hebrard.

    It houses several big stores, five star hotels(eg.Electra Palace that has a nice roof terrace for drinks), the Olympion Theatre cinema (where Thessaloniki Film Festival takes place) and numerous modern design café and bars to keep you busy along with local trendy people but also eateries, street vendors and entertainers. Most speeches take place here but also cultural events, concerts etc I didn’t get excited with the square (too many pigeons and peddlers during my visit) but I passed by more than once as it was a convenient spot to catch the bus back home.

    Have in mind the square continues north as Aristotelous street, a popular pedestrian tree lined street that ends up to Dikastirion/Archaia Agora square.

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    Don't just go to the square--sit there and relax!

    by wadekorzan Written May 19, 2007

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    If you want to start getting to know Thessaloniki, start here at Aristoteles Square. It's the heart of the city, pulsating day and night. At the front, there is the sea, on the sides beautiful architecture, and at the other end, the long pedestrian way leading up to the park and old Roman Forum. IN between all this, there is the big square itself, devoid of grass or trees, but full of activity. It's not enough just to come and walk through once. You need to sit down on one of the benches and take it all in. It's the best place to sit and watch the locals going to and fro...young kids, the elderly, businessmen, a few tourists...somehow, they all end up here, for one reason or another. Come once in the morning, again in the afternoon, the evening, and then late at night. Come on a Friday or Saturday night. Come at sunset. Whatever you do, you really just have to take it all in. And for a great view of the square, stay in a seaview room of the Elektra palace Hotel or go up to their rooftop bar for a drink!

    Aristoteles Square as seen from the Elektra Palace

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  • Aristotelous Square or Enjoing a Great Coffee

    by dimilag Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    According to my opinion the best place to drink a coffee is at the cafes situated at Aristotelous Square. Facing it from the seaside the cafes on the left side of the square are more calm and are prefered mainly by elderly people or families with small children. On the right side of the square you can find a lot of cafes filled with young people drinking their coffee (from morning to afternoon) or drinks in the evening, listening music and talking about everything. It is the most cosy spot of the town and mainly at the weekends, when everyone is relaxed and wants to drink a coffee. At these days the crowd is so big that there is not enough place even to pass by. The best of these cafes are the ones that are situated closest to the seaside.

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    Aristotelous square

    by say-no-more Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    this is the main square in the city and the most beautiful one. it's located at the seaside, on the boardwalk with all the caffes. it also has a couple really nice caffes, restaurants and hotels, and in the middle of it there are many manifestations going on. it's also a very popular spot for all trendy young people to be seen at, especially during the weekends

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    Christmas decoration

    by asvetlana Written Jan 5, 2005

    The Christmas tree is officially lighted in the beginning of December every year, and it is a bit event for the city. Big enough to shut down public transportation for a couple of hours:)
    The view is worth it, though - the tree and the ship - a symbol of the coming new year - bring the spirit of holidays.

    Christmas spirit
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    The central Aristotelous square

    by Aggeliki Updated Dec 17, 2003

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    Aristotelous Square is situated at the southern end of Aristotelous and has a wonderful view to the sea. This area is the heart of the city, and all big events are happening here. There are plenty of open cafes and restaurants.

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    Aristotle statue

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Apr 30, 2015

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    I saw the statue of Aristotle and touched its foot with the wish to receive a little bit of his wisdom.

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    Platia Aristotelous

    by viddra Written Sep 3, 2005

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    This is 1 of the main squares in Thessaloniki. It's packed with cafés and restaurants, and you can always see people here, having drinks or just walking.

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    The birthplace of Jesus

    by asvetlana Written Jan 5, 2005

    You will see this in many places around Christmas, but the cave of Vitleem at Aristotelous Square seems the most impressive - the camels are even slightly bigger than lifesize.

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    Aristoteles square

    by goga4444 Updated Dec 23, 2003

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    This is the famous Aristoteles Square in Thessa. there is the statue of Aristoteles , and when people pass by it they usually touch his foot...so it become shiny with time :)

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    Aristotelous square

    by StefanosS Written Jun 12, 2003

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    Aristotle's square at the center of Thessaloniki with a lot of cafes. The buildings arround it as well as the buildings along Aristotelous street are of uniform architecture.

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