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Travel to Thessaloniki, Greece

Feb, 11 || 1 Comment | Tags: , , , ,
Lefkos Pyrgos is the symbol of Thessaloniki (Nothern Greece)

Thessaloniki is the second largest city and the importance of Greece, the capital of Macedonia. Despite being one of the oldest cities in Europe, Thessaloniki is a vibrant modern city with wide boulevards, parks and squares. City location is superb, along Thermaic bay, which means that the sea is always close.

The old town of Thessaloniki is prevalent on the western slope of the mountain Alanta Khortiatis up the sea and is bordered by massive walls, fortified towers in the south-east, the walls were demolished in the nineteenth century. On both sides of the historic cemeteries have been extended – in Christian and Muslim north-west and south-east Hebrew. The lower part of the town is crossed by avenues east – this area has been largely rebuilt after the devastating fire of 1917. Thessaloniki city recently expanded far beyond traditional, which led to the residential suburbs in the south-east – Kalamaria, industrial areas developing in the north-west of the city.

Thessaloniki is a city that offers its guests plenty of interesting attractions – you can start with the old Byzantine walls north of the town, then the sixteenth century White Tower, Thessaloniki symbol. The best you can admire the city on the 12 km long promenade by the sea. You can learn more about the history of these places visiting Archaeological Museum, Museum of Byzantine Culture and excavation of the Roman Forum. The upper part of the town is the old Byzantine citadel, with houses and small streets paved.

You can visit in Thessaloniki numerous churches of all sizes and from different times. Most remarkable are the Byzantine, built during V – XIV, and St Demetrius, Agia Sofia, St Nicholas and St Apostles. Thessaloniki city was called “Mother of Israel” because of the large Jewish communities that flourished in the city since Romanian period up to the Second World War. Today, testimonies of those days are only two synagogues and Jewish history museum.

Market between Aristotle and Venizelou street you will find traditional market with hundreds of stalls with meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, clothing bazaar, flowers, herbs and spices.

Thessaloniki is a city large enough to be a great shopping destination. The entire area around the market Aristotle and boutiques abound in the White Tower, souvenir shops and bookstores, and cafes and bars. Famous streets for shopping are Tsimiski Thessaloniki, Venizelou, Agias Sofias, Ermou, Mitropoleos, Egnatia and M. Iossif St. Here you will find jewelry, folk art and items of clothing to please everyone. To play after dark, night most frequented locations are in port, Ladadika, Krini, Leoforo Nikis and Navarinou market.

History of Thessaloniki has more than 4,000 years – was founded in 316 BC on the site of prehistoric settlement before 2300 BC by Cassander, king of Macedonia and called his wife, the sister of Alexander the Great.

During the Byzantine era, Salonica, as it was called then, was the second city after Constantinople until it was sacked by the Saracens in 904. Empire was restored in 1246 reaching a “golden age” to the Turkish occupation of 1430. Until a few decades ago the city population was a mixture, like everywhere in the Balkans. Besides Turks, who occupied the city almost five centuries, there were Slavs, Albanians the largest Jewish community at that time. During the Second World War almost all the inhabitants were deported to camps in one of the greatest atrocities in the Balkans.

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  1. Diana says:

    Thessaloniki is wonderful but Santorini is better:D

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