is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Its nickname is η Συμπρωτεύουσα (Symprotévousa), literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Symvasilévousa) or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople.

The municipality of Thessaloniki, the historical center, had a population of 385,406 in 2007, while the Thessaloniki Urban Area had a population of 800,764. and the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area had 1,104,460 inhabitants in 2011.

Thessaloniki is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe;its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Thessaloniki is the 2014 European Youth Capital.


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Greek police arrest man for illegal excavations in archeological site of Amphipolis 23 Feb 2021
In his possession in his car, as well as in his two homes in the cities of Serres and Thessaloniki, valuable ancient objects were found, according to a police press statement ... The first remains of the ancient city of Amphipolis where Alexander the Great, a king of an ancient Greek ...

The Geopolitics of North Macedonia’s Accession to the EU. Pressures from Bulgaria

GlobalResearch 09 Feb 2021
To lay claim to the major Greek port city of Thessaloniki that is confusingly situated in the Greek region of Macedonia, in which 90% of Ancient Macedonia is located (only 10% in North Macedonia) ... the Ancient Macedonians were Greek, the issue with Bulgaria was left unresolved.

Skopje to decide between halting Yugoslav-era propaganda against Bulgaria and Albanian separatism

Greek City Times 09 Feb 2021
To weaken pro-Bulgarian sentiment in the region as the people prior to the existence of Socialist Yugoslavia wanted to reunite with Bulgaria To lay claim to the major Greek port city of Thessaloniki that is confusingly situated in the Greek region of Macedonia, in which 90% of Ancient Macedonia is located (only 10% in North Macedonia).

Culture ministry expands Cosmote deal for free WiFi in more sites, museums

Kathimerini 11 Jan 2021
... Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the site of Knossos, the Archaeological site and Museum of Delphi, Ancient Epidaurus, the Acropolis and Museum of Mycenae, Spinalonga, Ancient Corinth, the Archaeological site of Delos, and the Archaeological site of Akrotiri in Santorini.

Thessaloniki listed among the world’s best cities for remote working in 2021

Greek City Times 08 Jan 2021
With more people working from home due to COVID-19, Thessaloniki ... The website characterises Thessaloniki as an ancient, picturesque city in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Celestyal Cruises Announces 2021 & 2022 Early Bird Sale

The National Herald 11 Dec 2020
Among the cruises included in the “Early Bird” sale are.. The three-night “Iconic Aegean,” starting at just $489 per person based on double occupancy ...   ...   ... This sailing begins in Athens and calls on Istanbul and Canakkale (Ancient Troy) in Turkey and Thessaloniki, Volos (Meteora) and Santorini in Greece.   ... .

Bust of Greek god found during Athens sewage work

The Independent 16 Nov 2020
Egypt says another trove of ancient coffins found in Saqqara ... Greece has  witnessed many ancient discoveries over the years, including the most hyped discovery from the largest archaeological excavation in 2006 of the ancient cityscape (4th – 9th century AD) revealed beneath modern Thessaloniki.

My Great Greek Adventure: Halkidiki, Northern Paradise

The National Herald 03 Oct 2020
About an hour's drive south of the city of Thessaloniki is the peninsula of Halkidiki ... As in most places in Greece, Halkidiki has an ancient past, perhaps more ancient than usual ... Later Halkidiki would fall into ruin and occupation along with its northern neighbor, the city of Thessaloniki.

6.4 mln-yr-old Mesopithecus fossils discovered in China's Yunnan

Sina 07 Sep 2020
Analysis suggests that the fossils from Zhaotong comprise a nearly complete mandible of a female Mesopithecus, weighing about 7.11 to 7.26 kg, according to Dionisios Youlatos, one of the corresponding authors of another paper, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Meet third-generation Greek sandal maker Olgianna Melissinos

Greek City Times 16 Aug 2020
Olgianna’s grandfather, George Melissinos established the store in 1920, at the foot of the Acropolis- adjacent to the ancient agora of Athens ... In the early 50s, he made the very first Greek sandals since the fall of the Ancient Athenian Republic ... Turkish daily says ancient site in Thessaloniki built 300 years before Mohammed is a mosque.

As Turkey Is Flooded with State-Sponsored Fake News, Confusion Abounds on America

The Algemeiner 02 Aug 2020
Opinion. Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia pose for a picture after a news conference during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2019 ... In June 2020, Sabah, a fiercely pro-Erdogan daily, claimed that an ancient site in Thessaloniki, Greece, built 300 years before Muhammad, was a mosque.

Greek City of Thessaloniki’s Centuries-Old Sephardi Jewish Community Opening New Heritage Center

The Algemeiner 30 Jul 2020
An exterior view of the Monastir Synagogue, in Thessaloniki, Greece ... Jews have been present in Thessaloniki since ancient times, but today’s community is descended mainly from Jews who came to the city after they were forced out of Spain along with thousands of other Sephardi Jews ... “We want to recover this legacy for Thessaloniki.”.

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