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Thessaloniki

Getting Around the City

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS IN THESSALONIKI

1) The white tower
The ‘White Tower’ the absolute symbol of Thessaloniki – An exhibition of the history and art of Byzantine Thessaloniki covering the period between 300 and 1430 AD. There is a small cafe with a great view at the top.

2) Roman monuments
The Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century, like the arch of Galerius and the roman market.

3) The Museum of Byzantine Culture
Much of the country’s finest Byzantine art-priceless icons, frescoes, sculpted reliefs, jewelry, glasswork, manuscripts, pottery, and coins.

4) The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
The most widely visited museum in Thessaloniki, near the White Tower and fairgrounds. Displaying sculpture of the archaic, classical and Roman periods. It also possesses seasonal exhibitions with varying thematic content.

5) The picturesque district ‘Ladadika’ and the port of the city.
Ladadika is one of the hot spots of Thessaloniki when it comes to entertainment. It is located in a central area right opposite to the port’s central gate and within a five-minute walk from Aristotle’s square. The colorful buildings are two-story with wide, rectangular windows and, along with the paved alleys, they exhale the spirit of old Thessaloniki.

The district is accessible easily, and the inner area is accessible only by pedestrians. It is one of the best spots to visit for your night excursions.

Links:

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  2. http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/09/15/amphipolis-tomb-timeline-what-we-know-until-now-ancient-greek-monument-updates/
  3. https://facebook.com/archaeologion/videos/407358556297213/?t=7
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Discover Thessaloniki

TOP 7 ACTIVITIES IN THESSALONIKI

1)  Athos Mountain
Visit the Monastery Republic of Mount Athos.
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2) Byzantine Churches
Visit the numerous Byzantine churches of the city, dating back to the early Christian years (UNESCO World Heritage Monuments).

3) Vergina
Visit Vergina, the ancient site of Aigai and the first capital of Macedonia has extensive ruins including the tomb of Phillip and the summer palace of King Antigonas Gonatas

4) Chalkidiki
Visit the province of Halkidiki (picturesque villages, amazing beaches)

5) Food & Drink
Taste the local and international gastronomy and local wines.

6) Shopping
Walk Thessaloniki and enjoy shopping

7) Nightlife
Experience Thessaloniki’s “rich” nightlife. Thessaloniki has everything for everyone ranging from gourmet restaurants to local taverns and from bars to clubs.

Sightseeing and leisure in Thessaloniki

Museums & monuments in Thessaloniki

Byzantine monuments

Thessaloniki, with its host of Byzantine monuments (due to its significance during the Byzantine period), justifiably is considered an open-air museum of Byzantine art. Wandering through the city, it is worthwhile to see:

  • The churches of Acheiropoietos a three-aisled, timber-roofed basilica,
  • The Holy Wisdom of God (Hagia Sophia) (7th century),
  • The Panaghia (Virgin) Chalkeon (1028),
  • Hosios David (12th century), St Panteleemon (late 13th or the early 14th century), is of four-columned cross-in-square type,
  • Panagouda a three-aisled basilica with significant icons,
  • Agios Ioannis Prodromos, Vlatadon monastery a 14th century foundation of which only the katholikon and two cisterns within the precinct survive,
  • Agios Dimitrios a splendid basilica dedicated to the patron saint and protector of the city, etc.
  • The byzantine walls of the city
  • The archaeological site in 3 Septemvriou St., with remnants of a cemetery basilica, a martyr and Early Christian graves.
  • The byzantine bathhouse (late thirteenth century).
  • The Heptapyrgion castle was raised in stages, from the early years of the Byzantine Age into the Ottoman period.

Amazing Ottoman Monuments

The White Tower (15th century), the hallmark of the city. It was built in 1536 the White Tower is a landmark and symbol of Thessaloniki, right on the water front. It is expected to house the new Museum of Thessaloniki’s history

  • The Mosques of the Hamza Bey Cami (15th century), the Aladja Imaret Cami (1484) and the Yeni Cami (1902).
  • Hamams (Turkish bathhouses): The Pazar Hamam (15th century), the Pasha Hamam (15th century), Bey Hamam (16th century), Yeni Hamam and the Yahudi Hamam.
  • Rotunda and Arch of Galerius – Roman monuments
  • Bezesteni, a rectangular building with lead-covered domes and four entrances was built in the late fifteenth century and operated as a cloth market.

Thessaloniki Museums

Archaeological Museum – An exciting tour of the history of ancient Macedonia through important findings dating back to the end of 6th century B.C. The museum was inaugurated in October 1962.

  • Byzantine Civilization Museum: one of the most important museums of the country, with valuable Byzantine exhibits dating back from the Early Byzantine period to the Turkish occupation.
  • The Jewish Museum Housed in a preserved building built in 1904; it presents the historical course of the Jews of Thessaloniki until their genocide by the Nazis during German occupation.
  • Macedonian Museum of Contemporary art. The museum houses, among other things, paintings, sculptures, engravings, photos and films made by Greek or foreign artists.

Dining and nightlife

ARISTOTELOUS SQUARE
Surrounded by monumental buildings and open to the waterfront for a width of 100 meters and the waterfront avenue of the city (Nikis avenue), where cafes, trendy bars, restaurants and street performers can be found.

NAVARINOU SQUARE
Full of university student’s haunts (open air cafes overlooking the ruins of the imperial palace).

VALAORITOU DISTRICT
The new trendy neighborhood where restaurants, bars and live music scenes.

BAR ROWS IN THE CITY CENTER
Cluster of bars with distinct character can be found at Lori Margariti, Nikiforou Foka, Zefxidos and Valaoritou streets.

Shopping

Walk the beautiful streets of Thessaloniki and shop from a multitude of shops for all tastes

MODIANO, KAPANI AND ATHONOS MARKET HALLS
Colorful covered halls, selling food and inexpensive clothes; there are a lot of beautiful taverns with Greek traditional music. They mostly have brilliant food.

TSIMISKI- STREET
Is the main shopping street and where visitors will find a selection of retailers typical of a high street. Popular international brand named goods and domestically made products share equal space in this busy retail area.

PASTRY SHOPS
The sweet temptations in Thessaloniki are many and the visitor can find them located in every district and every neighborhood. Every patisserie has its own character and specialty.

PROXENOU KOROMILA STREET
The city’s most up market shopping area, where most Thessaloniki haute couture as well as international designer boutiques can be found.