Thessaloniki, the place where East meets West

The Greek city of Salonica or Thessaloniki, the place where East meets West, has always been a meeting point of civilizations. The capital city of the Macedonian region, located by the Thermaic Gulf, is a perfect blend of modernity (it is the center of university life and the second city in importance and population in Greece) and a turbulent history. You will be able to see it on its streets and tavern-filled squares if you pay enough attention.
The traces of different civilizations, nations and religions who occupied the city have created Thessaloniki, founded in 315a.C. by Cassander and named after his wife. The city is a charming puzzle of Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Christian, Ottoman, and Sephardic cultures, which have ensured its recognition as World Heritage by the UNESCO. The symbol of the city is the Ottoman White Tower at the marina, which divides the city into Upper Thessaloniki and Low Thessaloniki. Shall we start? Continue reading Thessaloniki, the place where East meets West