In 1869 Sabris Pasha demolished the East Byzantine Walls of Thessaloniki, leaving an ugly gap in the area which the people of Thessaloniki really did not like. In 1889, order to cover this gap and to satisfy the people by making this part of the city more beautiful, the Midat Pasha built a fountain in this area. The fountain was used also as a source for water for the animals that were passing from the area. The fountain was built using white marbles, with some Baroque elements in the design. In the 1950s the fountain, that is the meantime had dried up, was removed during re-construction works that took place in the area.
In 1977, in an effort to honour the city’s history, the Municipality of Thessaloniki restored the fountain and placed it in the exact location that it used to be. During our days, a few meters north from the fountain, ruins from Thessaloniki’s East Byzantine Walls that were demolished are still visible.
If you reach the Fountain Square and you would like to visit the East Byzantine Walls of the city that are still preserved, you can walk straight from the Fountain square to the north and you will see signs of how to reach the East Walls. They should not be more far than 15-20 minutes walk from there. The Fountain Square is also very close to the Galerius Arch and the Rotunda. These two monuments and the East Walls of the city belong to a list that contains sixteen monuments of Thessaloniki that are protected by Unesco.