The central square
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.
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