"Tobacco story III (The smell still remains...)" Top 5 Page for this destination Kavala Things to Do Tip by Sojna
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The decline of this tobacco era begins between 1930 and 1950, with the application of new production methods and the importation of ?Virginia? tobacco, that gradually replaced the local ?basmas? species and favoured the big monopolies. All of the tobacco factories will be closed in the next few years, but the smell of tobacco is still existent in the big empty buildings, where thousands and thousands of people lived, worked and struggled. Today only a few factories are renovated and are still in use as big stores, or bars. Most of them are empty and abandoned, looking like big holes in the urban fabric. The most hopeful project is the renovation of the Municipal Tobacco Factory in the Kapnergati square, which ? if ever completed ? will house the Municipal Museum, the Tobacco Museum and other exhibitions and events.
If you want to wander in the old, mostly abandoned tobacco factories, you can take Dagli street and keep walking through Makedou square. It is a very small square, almost abused by the owners of the surrounding tobacco factories, but full of history and memories.
On the other hand, if you want to see an example (not so successful, I think) of a renovated tobacco factory, you can visit the shopping center, on the eastern side of Kapnergati square, on the beginning of Megalou Alexandrou pedestrian street, which houses a lot of shops and caffes. Among those, I would suggest caffe Chocolat, on the second flour, which preserves the wonderful wooden ceiling of the original building.
Address: Kapnergati square - Dagli str. - Makedou square
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