Thessaloniki (also known as ‘Salonika’) is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia. It was founded about 315 BC on a site of prehistoric settlements going back to 2300 BC by Cassandra, King of Macedonia, and named after his wife, Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures.

Built near the sea -situated in the Gulf of Thermaikos on the Aegean Sea – the city is well known for its natural beauty, unrivalled sea view, but mostly for its youthful and upbeat flavour and attracts thousands of Greek and foreign university students every year. With Byzantine Monuments, Roman and Ottoman structures, the city offers students another glimpse of Greece away from the famous sites of Athens.


Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe. The city is renowned for its events, festivals and vibrant cultural life in general, with the annual Thessaloniki International Film Festival being one of the city’s major cultural events.

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Municipality of Thessaloniki :

Prefecture of Central Macedonia :

Thessaloniki Film Festival:

Thessaloniki airport:

Thessaloniki map:

Thessaloniki Concert Hall:

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki:

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