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The Umbrellas are the most famous sculpture of the city.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1997 Placed in the New Seafront when Thessaloniki hosted the annual European Cultural Capital events, it has since become a landmark and a distinct reference point for the city.

  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

It is a large, 13-metre high, metal construction from stainless steel, which dominates the New Seafront. It is located near the Makedonia Palace Hotel and the City Hall. It consists of tall, vertical metal elements with a slight inclination that support 40 metal umbrellas. Smaller and thinner horizontal metal bars create a sense of continuity and stabilize the sculptural composition, which manages to brace the strong winds that often strike the city’s seafront. The bars symbolize the rain and the wind. The sculpture is placed on a cantilever, lined with a wooden floor, while next to it, a fountain with 48 low-water jets has been constructed. In the evening, the work is impressively lit, attracting residents and tourists alike.

What I can't see

The sculpture was created by the great Greek sculptor Giorgos Zongolopoulos (Athens 1903-2004). It was introduced in the 46th Venice Biennale and received positive reviews. The artist said: “For an artist, there is always a vision for the work you do, especially if you love it: to see it placed in the desired location. The project always needs its own living space. It cannot survive anywhere else. The first phase of this living space for the Umbrellas was the Venice Biennale, where I put it in the sea and it really “lived” there and had an impact. Here in Thessaloniki, it is much better. I don’t know what’s going on. Is it the great horizon, the perspectives, this strictly paved seafront? There is personality here, that interested me very much and I loved it”. Following the seafront’s recent redevelopment, it was moved closer to the city centre, so as to be visible from the White Tower area. This is an ideal location for this emblematic work, which is “coloured” according to weather conditions and is a popular meeting point and a landmark for photography.


  • Address: New Sea-front


Τzimou Κ., (d.u.), Οι ομπρέλες και οι τρεις κύκλοι, [Τhe umbrellas and the three circles] Parallaxi,

Last visit 20/3/2014


Zongolopoulos G., (1997), Ομπρέλες, [Umbrellas], George Zonglolopoulos Foundation

Last visit 20/3/2014