he central square
(or as it is commonly known, Liberty square), is a place of rest,
a place for many cultural and political activities. What makes this area so
special is the greenery, plus the shadow from the trees, around the various
cafes that are continually full of people. The natural beauty of the square
has been developed even more after the brand new construction of wide
walkways around the square in which no vehicle is allowed.
In the central square the visitor can also find the archaeological museum, which is an
old "Bezesteni" a building dated in the 16th-17th century. Its name means "fabric
market". Bezesteni was built according to the model of Byzantine markets and probably
by a Greek architect. Those indoor markets (Bezestenis) were very popular and typical of
Muslim towns, and such examples were built in many conquered Byzantine cities. A Turkish
sightseer of the 17th century wrote in his book that "there is a wonderful
stone-built building covered in lead, and this is Bezesteni". Today in Greece there
are only two Bezestenis that are still preserved: one in Thessaloniki and the other
one in Serres.