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The ‘White Tower’ of Thessaloniki on the list of Treasures of European Film Heritage

The European Film Academy (EFA) included the White Tower in the list of Treasures of European Film Culture, as announced some time ago.

The White Tower is a natural movie set

This monument of our Byzantine cultural heritage, a landmark of Thessaloniki, was a natural setting of the film “Landscape in the mist” by Theodoros Angelopoulos in 1988 introducing the city of Thessaloniki to the international film audience through the leading Greek filmmaker.


The list of European Film Heritage Treasures is an action of the EFA, included in the network of its initiatives for the creation of a pan-European film heritage network.

Film libraries, film archives and film organisations are connected to this network in order to distribute and use information on anniversaries and events that highlight and promote European cinema and its creators, as well as the action of institutional organisations that shape the strategy of the cinema industry in European countries.

The systematic and long-standing cooperation of the Hellenic Film Center (HFC), as well as its Directorate of International Audiovisual Productions – the Hellenic Film Commission (HFC) with the EFA has made a decisive contribution to the promotion of cinematography and, in general, the cultural heritage of Greece and the shift in the gaze of European cinema towards our country.

EFA’s decision on the White Tower was the result of its cooperation with the Greek Cypriot Council and the HFC, which for this purpose coordinated relevant actions with the Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Thessaloniki and the family of Theodoros Angelopoulos.

The White Tower among 35 cinematographic landmarks

The list of European Film Heritage Treasures includes places that have become symbols for European cinema, places and monuments of historical value that need protection now and in the future. The White Tower, which has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1988, is now one of 35 iconic and iconic movie locations, including: the Limière Institute in Lyon, France, the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, Ukraine, Plaza de España in Seville, the Bergman Center on Faro Island, Sweden, Casa Rossa in Stromboli, Italy, Café des Deux Moulins in Paris.

source: iefi merida