Explore the Fascinating city of Thessaloniki in Greece
The second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki is also one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded on a site that had prehistoric remnants dating as far back as 2300 BC. The city is named for the King of Macedonia's wife, Thessaloniki who was the sister of Alexander the Great. Thessaloniki is a has played an important role as a commercial port throughout history and is mentioned on many of the bibles pages as it was visited by the Apostle Paul and then later the Christians of Thessaloniki received letters from Paul which are included in the bible.
In the Byzantinian era, Thessaloniki was second only to Constantinople with regards to arts and culture. It is associated with many great historical figures and is also the birth place of the Cyrillic Alphabet which was developed to help bring literacy and Christianity to the Slavs. It was also one of the few places where greek language and literature was preserved while the whole of Greece was under repression during the Turkish occupation. However Thessaloniki is perhaps best known for its amazing historical contribution. Architecturally, the Trumphal Arch of Galerius is a masterpiece, as is the Rotonda. More than these, though, are the many fine mosaics and murals that can be found in the region. Most of these date by to the Byzantinian era and are exquisite in the use of tiles, colour and detail. The artistic heritage provided by such pieces is recognized the world over.
Today this beautiful city is generally divided into two sections - the older sections which is continuously undergoing reconstruction, and the newer city which is a display of more advance architecture and culture. There are universities, museums, theatres and many other facilities which support Greek culture and continue to expand it. On top of this, Thessaloniki continues to be one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean - providing a well-established base for communications and trade.
A visit to this thriving city would truly not be disappointing. With so much to see and do in both the older and newer sections of the city, you will likely find yourself needing more time to explore this magnificent European city. Shop, dine and relax to your hearts content. See the sights and learn about the fascinating artistic side of history. It's a destination to remember.