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The Old Waterfront

It extends along Nikis Avenue, between the Port and the White Tower. The Old Waterfront was created during the 19th century when, upon a decision by the city's Ottoman governor of the time, Sabri Pasha, the coastal wall was demolished, offering an opening to the enclosed city. What is more, the materials from the demolition were used for the embankments, creating free space for the construction of a waterfront promenade.
This first configuration extended up to the width of  Nikis Avenue, and its height was lower than today's. From that era, only a small part survives today, which was an overhang even back then, and is located close to Eleftherias Square. Later, the embankment was repeated in order to increase the width and the height, protecting the city from the tide. Its importance for the city's contemporary social life is evidenced by the constantly crowded cafés that have occupied the entire coastal front, but also by the pedestrians and cyclists who stroll the waterfront promenade towards the White Tower.