First operated in September 1969
The OTE Tower is a flagship construction located in the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center, TIF HELEXPO.
OTE Tower is a 76-metre-tall tower located into Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center in central Thessaloniki and it’s unique. The tower was designed by the Greek architect Alexandros Anastasiadis.
The study of the telecommunication tower project took place in an unusually short period of time and was completed in two phases. In the first phase, in 1969, the general architectural and static study took place, and the foundations, the basement and the first floor were constructed. It was first operated in September 1969 as a stand of OTE at the 34th Thessaloniki International Fair.
The construction has been completed
In the second phase, from 1March to the end of August 1970, the construction has been completed in order to operate in its current status during the next TIF (35th TIF).
It is noteworthy that the first black and white broadcasts of the National Broadcast Television were transmitted from this building a year after the Tower’s completion and for several years the tower has been used as a stand of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization in Thessaloniki International Fair.
However, it has hosted the local radio of our city for several years.
The tower rotates
It is the only building with rotating floors in Greece. Regard the movement of the last level of the OTE Tower, too much has been said over the years, e.g that it does not rotate anymore. The reason is a damage to the rotation mechanism in 1988, which made the OTE Tower to stop rotating for a few years and as a result most of the people of Thessaloniki believe that it doesn’t work even nowadays.
The tower rotates. The floor rotates at a full rotation speed in 60 minutes. The whole movement system was a technical achievement of the Rohr house. During this complete rotation we can enjoy the incredible panoramic view of the main attractions of Thessaloniki and of course the magnificent view of the Thermaic Gulf, especially when it is embraced by the unique colors of the sunset.
Thessaloniki Acropolis & Eptapyrgio (Yedi Kule), the White Tower, the Rotonda, the Byzantine and archaeological museums, the view of the Thermaic Gulf, Alexander’s garden with dense vegetation, Mount Olympus and Mount Chortiatis, as well as the city center are some of the areas that visitors can see as the city relates all its beautiful stories.
Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 10:00 – 01:00
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 – 02:00
Egnatia 154, Helexpo - TIF, 54621, Thessaloniki, Greece
T: +30 2310265460