This is the main square of Xanthi, with the famous clocktower at the left.
Xanthi is a city in Thrace, northeastern Greece.
It is the capital of the Xanthi regional unit of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace.
Known references to Xanthi or Xanthia, date back to 879 AD.
It began as a small village and experienced all the tumultuous periods of the history of Thrace, such as raids, disasters, ethnic conflicts, civil wars.
The population of the region of Xanthi had dwindled down to almost nothing and almost everything had been destroyed when the Ottomans conquered the region in 1361.
For this reason, the Ottomans brought settlers from within of Asia Minor, which is how Genisea was created, while Oraio and Xanthi remained mainly Greek and Christian centres.
Nowadays Xanthi is a modern city, rich in history, traditions and customs, and with many attractions for the visitors (including the surrounding areas).
It is worth visiting the city during the Carnival (either February or March as dates change) and during the Old Town Festival (beginning of September).
Also, one should not miss the Xanthi Bazaar every Saturday.
Xanthi is known as "The city of one thousand colours", and like Komotini and Didymoteicho has a large population of Turkish-speaking Muslims dating to the Ottoman period.
Thank you for visiting.
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