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Le Chateau Mon Bonheur/ The Red Tower

The Red Tower is a tower-shape house reminiscent of a medieval castle.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1984 Listed as protected monument.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

    Constructed before 1890.

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

This is a rare building. It has red bricks, medieval style and Renaissance ramparts. It consists of 2 buildings:  a residence and a cafe with courtyard and a view of the sea, as it was before the construction of the New Seafront. At the entrance, “Chateau mon Bonheur” is written, which means “Tower of my Happiness”. Eftychia (means happiness in Greek) was the name of the wife and great love of the owner Dimitrios Ioannidis. The deterioration of the building is intense, not only due to its abandonment, but also due to fires over time.

What I can't see

It was designed by the French architect Frederic Charneau. Both the architect and his design are indicative of the influences that Thessaloniki was under at that time. The house has 2 floors with 6 rooms and the café has a living room with rooms. The owner originally used it as a holiday home. The building’s later history includes the housing of a boarding school, refugees and scouts. Today, it remains unused.


  • Address: 110 Vas. Olgas Av.


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