MANY STORIES Where cultures and civilisations meet and coexist – Visit Central Macedonia
A Rare City
Thessaloniki was founded in 315 B.C. by Cassander and since then it has been a meeting point of civilizations, still echoing everywhere in the city - the streets, the buildings, the people’s habits
The Triumphal Arch, known as “Kamara” – Galerius’ Palace in Navarinou Square and the imposing Rotunda reflect Roman times. The defensive city walls, St. Demetrius church and various other Byzantine and early Christian churches still holding mass until today – twelve UNESCO monuments within a walking distance of half an hour (!) – reveal the significance of the city for the Byzantine Empire.
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The narrow lanes of the quaint Upper City, Kemal Ataturk’s house, Yeni Cami and Alaca Imaret are some of the traces left from the Ottoman period. At the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum, as well as at Villa Allatini, Casa Bianca and Modiano Mansion visitors can be informed through plenty of visual material about the history of the Jews of Thessaloniki.
Today, in the city with the largest University Campus in Greece and the largest Exhibition Centre in the Balkans, the history of exchanging ideas continues uninterrupted; Thessaloniki is full of youthful energy and keeps on filling in its cultural mosaic.