Thessaloniki is the largest urban center of northern Greece. Apart from being the capital city of the Macedonian region, this city has a long and rich history and it’s the second most important city in Greece, right after Athens.
Thessaloniki is widely known as one of the first big citadels of Christanity and one of the centers of Byzantine power apart from Constantinople (modern day Istanbul, Turkey). It’s broad boulevards, churches, and towers and the mix of different Greek, Turkish and Byzantine influences did not only leave a unique stamp on the city’s architecture and culture, but the city’s food scene as well.
The city center of Thessaloniki is a temple of eclecticism style of architecture and with the main Aristotelous Square touching the waters of the Aegean sea, it’s safe to say that Thessaloniki is one of the prettiest cities in all Europe.
During the guided field trip to Thessaloniki, we will visit the old part of town called Ladadika, the famous Aristotelous square, the White Tower of Thessaloniki which is the symbol of the city, the monument of Alexander the Great, the church of St. Demetrius protector of the city among many other historical sites and monuments.
After the tour of the city, we will pay a visit to the Serbian army cemetery called Zejtinlik where we shall pay our tributes to the soldiers that fought for freedom during World War I.
Historically, Thessaloniki has been a strong trade center mainly because of its position. To this day Thessaloniki remains filled with numerous shopping centers and finest Meditarranean wares. So when visiting Thessaloniki, make sure you purchase something that will always remind you of this amazing city.