Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece with a population of 1,000,000 inhabitants and was nominated
Cultural Capital of Europe for 1997.
During its over 2,300 years lasting history, it has been the scenery of significant historical developments and the
crossing between the Orient and the Occident.
It became a cultural and artistic centre second only to Constantinople in the whole Byzantine empire.
The modern era of Thessaloniki dates from 1912.
The visitor will find impressive monuments from the Roman, Byzantine and modern periods,
including numerous Byzantine churches, monasteries and neoclassical buildings.
The past and present merge at old taverns and "ouzeries", known for the delicious dishes of the Greek cuisine,
as well as theatres, bars and music halls which offer a wide variety of entertainment.
Thessaloniki is also an ideal starting point for visiting surrounding areas, such as ancient Vergina
with the tombs of Macedonian kings, Mount Athos, as well as some of the most beautiful
Mediterranean beaches in the peninsula of Halkidiki.
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