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Welcome in Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful, vast sea views. This is Greece’s second city, which, like the rest of the country, has suffered the hit of the economic crisis, but the streets remain full of life and vibrancy.
At about a million inhabitants, it is considered Greece’s cultural capital, renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general and has recently been ranked by Lonely Planet as the world’s fifth-best party city worldwide. More importantly, it is also a city with a continuous 3,000 year old history; preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population.
Many of its Byzantine churches, and a whole district of the city in particular, are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
The northernmost Byzantine walls of the city and parts of the western walls are still standing, as is the city’s symbol – the White Tower, one of the 16th Century. AD fortified towers – which is the only surviving tower on the seafront. The rest of the walls are in the picturesque Upper Town which offers a spectacular view over the bay, especially in the late afternoon. Take a walk along the enormous seafront promenade (about 12 km altogether). See the the Roman Forum excavations.
Visit the upper town for its traditional old houses, small cobbled streets, Byzantine citadel, the Eptapyrgion fort.
The Church of Agios Demetrios
On no account should you miss the Byzantine churches built between the 5th and 14th century ACE, such as Agios Demetrios, (7th Century. ACE) and Agia Sophia (Holy Wisdome, 9th Century. ACE), and many lovely smaller ones in the upper town (St Nicolaos Orfanos is particularly worth a look for its frescoes (open Tue-Sun 8.30am-3pm)), which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of them, the Rotunda, started life as a Roman temple of Zeus, built by ceasar Galerius, and is almost as old as the Pantheon in Rome. Next to the Rotunda, see the Arch of Triumph of Galerius and the ruins of his palace.
The Agia Sofia church
The city is also known as “the mother of Israel”, due to the once flourishing Jewish community here, which existed from the Roman period and grew substantially after the Ottoman Empire took in Jewish refugees expelled from Spain, Portugal, and Spanish territories in Italy; these Jews are known as “Sephardim”. Sephardic Jews formed a significant percentage of the city’s population and infrastructure until World War II, when, in spring 1943, almost all were deported by the Nazis to the extermination camp at Auschwitz, never to return. However, there are still two Synagogues, and you can see the Jewish Museum.
Also interesting are the Turkish public baths Bey Hamam, the Bezesteni (Ottoman closed market for jewellery and precious materials) the Alatza Imaret (Ottoman poorhouse) and Hamza Bey Camii (both restored and used for exhibitions).
The traditional central food market, with hundreds of stalls selling meat, fish, fruit, vegetables (sometimes cheek-by-jowl, an unnerving experience for North Americans), cheap clothes and shoes, flowers, herbs and spices, between Aristotele Square and Venizelou street.
Aristotelous Square-the biggest of the city-and the promenade with its cafes and restaurants.
The very lively and youth-oriented international film festival is held in November, the International Trade Fair in September.
Museums and galleries
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Due to the city’s rich and diverse history, Thessaloniki houses many museums dealing with many different eras in history. Two of the city center’s most famous museums include the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Museum of Byzantine Culture, which also the buildings themselves serve as points of architectural interest.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki was established in 1962 and houses some of the most important ancient Macedonian artifacts, including an extensive collection of golden artwork from the royal palaces of Aigai and Pella. It also houses exhibits from Macedon’s prehistoric past, dating from the Neolithic to the Bronze age. Adults €6, children free.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture is one of the city’s most famous museums, showcasing the city’s glorious Byzantine past. The museum was also awarded Council of Europe’s museum prize in 2005. The museum of the White Tower of Thessaloniki houses a series of galleries relating to the city’s past, from the creation of the White Tower until recent years.
Other museums of the city include the Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum, in southeast Thessaloniki and is one of the most high-tech museums in Greece and southeastern Europe and the Atatürk Museum the historic house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern-day Turkey, was born.
- Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum.Covers the history of Macedon from prehistory to Roman times.
- Museum of Byzantine Culture Award-winning museum (2005 – best Museum of Europe).
- Museum at the White Tower Located inside the city’s most famous landmark on the waterfront.
- Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum. Located in the city’s southeast suburbs, it houses a 150-seat digital planetarium, a 300-seat Cosmotheatre with the largest flat screen in Greece, a 200-seat amphitheater, as well as a motion simulator theater with three platforms, 3-D projection rgearding items exhibited.
- Atatürk House. Agiou Dimitriou avenue. The house were Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern-day Turkey, was bor
- Teloglion Foundation of Art. Located across the university campus of Aristotle University, on Agiou Dimitriou avenue.
- Olympic Museum. Tritis Septemvriou & Agiou Dimitriou avenue. (300m to the east of the Teloglion Foundation of Art). Sports related.
- Museum at Aghios Demetrios. Agiou Dimitriou avenue, St. Demetrios, a native of Thessalonica whom Galarius put to death, is the city’s patron saint. This basilical church was first built in the 5th century AD dedicated to St. Demetrios.State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.
- Museum of Ancient Greek, Byzantine, and Post Byzantine Musical Instruments. At Katouni 12, in Ladadika
- Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.
- Museum of Cinematography in Thessaloniki. Harbor, Warehouse A.
- Folklore and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia and Thrace.
- Municipal Gallery of Art.
here we offer you during your stay in this city a well-known CITY BREAK package of 3,4,5 days for Thessaloniki
arrival in Thessaloniki pick up from the airport Macedonia and accommodation in your hotel during the transfer information will be provided to you for various cultural taking place during your stay .the historical center and the old town is the best part to begin with .at night you could choose to visit Ladadika district area where you can taste delicious plates and hear live Greek music until the early morning ,overnight.
After breakfast we will start to explore the city and the most famous monuments as White Tower, archeological museum , church of Saint Demetrious with the catacombs ,church of saint Sophia ,and the upper city (Citadel )with the castles. Free time to the market area of tsimiski –Ermu –Mitropoeos with the BOUTIC SHOPS . At night discover the colorful and vivid nightlife of the city.
After breakfast free time to explore more of the hidden beauty of the city , overnight.
Then transfer to the airport.