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OTE Tower

OTE Tower is one of the landmarks of the city.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1969 On the year of the 34th TIF, only the first floor was completed, which is 8.4m high .

    1970 Completed.

    1988 Since then and for 17 years, the rotating floor was inoperative.

    2005 Renovated.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  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

The work of Alexandros Anastasiadis, the OTE Tower is one of the landmarks of the city with a total height of 76 metres and is a  project which uses all the potentials of reinforced concrete. The architectural design gives the impression of a giant sculpture. It consists of vertically tapered shapes, which enclose a vertical cantilever made from reinforced concrete, while annular plates of various diameters also grow vertically to it. It is set within the area of the Thessaloniki International Fair and is fortunately not surrounded by blocks of flats, which allows for a great view of the city and the sea from its restaurant-cafe, though this is also reflected in the menu prices.

What I can't see

It is called OTE Tower (i.e. Telecommunication Organization of Greece) not because it belongs to OTE, but because it has been leased to OTE. It is property of TIF and one of the few, if not the only, remarkable works of architecture that were built during the junta years. The 166 steps lead to the fourth floor, where a rotating café/restaurant operates, similar to those found in Stuttgart, Dortmund, Honolulu, Seattle and Singapore. The mechanism of the rotating floor was constructed by Rohr House and makes a complete turn in 45-60 minutes. During the first years of its operation, the fifth floor housed the OTE and TIF broadcast television networks. Today, a well-known telecommunications company has its headquarters here. The Panopticon logic of the building introduced a “modernist view” of the city. With this building, OTE consolidated its presence in the city and was established as “comparable” to similar organizations in Europe.


  • Address: International Exhibition Centre of Thessaloniki
  • Postal Code : 54636


Kalogirou Ν., Paka Α., Tellios Τ., Tzaka Α., (2014), Η προστασία του μοντέρνου αστικού τοπίου. Μια διερεύνηση της ανάπλασης του χώρου της ΔΕΘ στη Θεσσαλονίκη, [The protection of modern urban landscape. An examination of TIF regeneration in Thessaloniki], in Vitopoulou Α., Karadimou- Gerolympou Α., Tournikiotis P., (επ.), (2014), Η ελληνική πόλη και η πολεοδομία του μοντέρνου, The greek city and modern urban planning],, v.5, Futura, Benaki Museum, NTUA


Passidis I., (ed) (1973), Πύργος ΟΤΕ, [OTE Tower], in Architecture in Greece, v. 7, p.p. 198-202


Penelis Gr. G., Penelis G.G., Stylianidis Κ, Ignatakis Ch., Moschonas I., (d.u.), Στατικός και αντισεισμικός έλεγχος και ενίσχυση πύργου ΟΤΕ στη ΔΕΘ, [Static and antiseismic inspection and strenghtening of OTE Tower in TIF], Τ.Ε.Ε.,

Last visit 3/6/2014

Touloumi O., (2014), Ηλεκτρονικές συναρμογές στην πόλη, [Electronic links in the city], in Vitopoulou Α., Karadimou- GerolympouΑ., TournikiotisP., (επ.), (2014), Η ελληνική πόλη και η πολεοδομία του μοντέρνου, [Thegreekcityandmodernurbanplanning],, v.5, Futura, BenakiMuseum, NTUA

Τzimou Κ., (2013), Ο χάρτης της πόλης: Πύργος του ΟΤΕ, [City Map: OTE Tower], in Parallaxi,

Last visit 3/6/2014

Open House Thessaloniki,

Last visit 3/6/2014