Greeks ring monument with a bread bagel Bakers put the final touches on a giant koulouri (bread ring similar to a bagel or pretzel) that encircled the medieval White Tower, in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki (AP photos)
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Greek bakers in the northern city of Thessaloniki have made a giant "koulouri." It's a ring bread similar to a bagel, and was built around the city's most visible monument, the medieval White Tower.

The bread, 540 feet in diameter, weighed 1.35 tons before baking. It is already gone, distributed to bystanders.

A "koulouri" is a staple snack, sold mostly by street vendors. It can be found throughout the Balkans under different names.

Elsa Koukoumeria, president of the Thessaloniki Bakers Association, said they would try to list the feat with the Guinness Book of Records. He said they would soon bake a much bigger one to encircle the burial mound of Amphipolis. That's northeast of Thessaloniki.

Critical thinking challenge: Name two things the giant "koulouri" have in common with a basic bagel

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COMMENTS (33)
  • Butters1324
    10/27/2014 - 09:35 a.m.

    i am so hungry i would eat the whole entire giant koulauri and ask for seconds and eat that to and some coffee and and extra large smoothie

  • RS2000RED
    10/28/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    1. They both are made of the same dough, by combining flour with other ingredients.
    2.They are a ring/circle and is sold on the streets as a common snack.

  • kr2001panda
    10/28/2014 - 08:43 a.m.

    the two thing that the giant Koulouri have to common with the basic bagel is that they are Greek bakers and they make stuff for there town

  • ashleyb-3
    10/29/2014 - 04:48 a.m.

    In the northern city of Thessaloniki a local backing company is planning to break world records with the longest pieces of bread put together. the company uses Koulouri which is a type of bread that is basically a blown up bagel. The backing company has already built the bread around one of their most popular monuments, the Midevil White Tower. I think that it is very amazing on hoe they can make bread so big and surround buildings with it. I would love to visit or eat Koulouri bread one day.

  • Dougla5
    10/29/2014 - 01:43 p.m.

    That is a lot of bread. Those are big chunks of bread. They are so big that they could build a house with all of that bread.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    10/29/2014 - 09:55 p.m.

    Wow! I think that this is amazing for Greek bakers in the northern Thessaloniki to be able to bake a ring of bread around the medieval White Tower because I wouldn't have known that it would be possible to build a ring a bread. I think that this should be a world record, but I think that someone made a ring of bread before. I think that many people are going to visit this place by how they were able to make a ring of bread.
    Critical thinking challenge: Name two things the giant "koulouri" have in common with a basic bagel
    Answer: The common things with koulouri and basic bagel is that is made of flour and it is round with a hole in the middle.

  • kevik-4
    10/30/2014 - 11:38 a.m.

    This article is about a bagel that was made around around a tower. This bagel was recorded in the gneiss book of world records. It was built around the mostly viable tower in the city. The batter weighed 1.35 tons before baking they lost weight after baking. The bread also had a diameter of 540 feet. I would like to see the bagel in real life. I would not be surprised if I see birds picking at it. I bet They are going to let people start to eat the bagel.

  • Julian10
    10/30/2014 - 01:14 p.m.

    This article was about a huge piece of bread that was baked like a bagel. The bagel was baked in greece and was 540 feet in diameter, weighed 1.35 tons before baking. The bread was eaten by local bystanders and was completly gone. Elsa Koukoumeria president of the baking assacation said they would try to make a bigger one. Also hit up with the Guinnes book records.

  • Hayley2001
    10/30/2014 - 01:35 p.m.

    There's Greek bakers that baked koulouri it's a ring bread that's similar to a bagel. The bread is 540 feet in diameter, weighed 1.35 tons. Koulouri is a stapled snack that's sold by mostly street vendors. Soon they are gonna bake something that's much bigger.

  • John0724-YYCA
    10/30/2014 - 09:12 p.m.

    Wow that does sound truly big and amazing but how do they put that big bagel looking thing inside a small oven? Maybe they cut it in partials and put it in the oven and attached together. By looking at the picture it was just making me hungry. I think I could eat that whole thing if I could be hungrier than a lion. And another reason is that the bread looks the tastiest bread in the whole world.

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