Thessaloniky tower

Thessaloniki, city

panorama on the TAcchessaloniki


About Thessaloniki:

Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece with a population of 1,000,000 inhabitants, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It stretches over twelve kilometers in a bowl formed by low hills facing a bay that opens into the Gulf Thermaikos. It was founded about 315 B.C., on a site of old prehistoric settlements going back to 2300 B.C., by Cassander, King of Macedonia, and was named after his wife, Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander The Great. Since then, Thessaloniki has become the chief city of Macedonia and its most important commercial port. In Roman times it was visited by Saint Paul, who preached the new religion, and who later

addressed his two well-known epistles (the oldest written documents of Christian literature) to the Christians of Thessaloniki. The Byzantine times In Byzantine times, Thessaloniki became a cultural and artistic centre second only to Constantinople in the whole empire. Great names are closely associated with the city's Byzantine past - the jurist Peter Magister, the epigrammatist Macedonius Hypatus, the Hymnographer Archbishop Joseph, Leo the Mathematician, the historian John Cameniates, the prolific Homeric scholar and humanist Eustathius ( Archbishop of Thessaloniki), the philologist Thomas M. Magister, the teacher of law and editor of the "Hexabiblus" Constantine Armenopoulos, the theologian Gregory Palamas ( Archbishop of Thessaloniki), to mention but a few prominent scholars.

The missionary brothers Cyril and Methodius also have a special place in the history of the period; they invented and used the Cyrillic Alphabet to bring literacy and Christianity to the Slavs. Cultural contribution After the fall of Thessaloniki (1430) and later of Constantinople (1453), the two major cultural centres of the East, two of Thessaloniki's greatest humanists, Theodore Gazes and Andronicus Callistus, sought refuge in the West where they transplanted the Greek language and literature. Despite the unfavourable conditions prevailing during the Turkish occupation, there were Greek schools in Thessaloniki that struggled, successfully to a large degree, to preserve the Greek language and literature until the city was liberated in October 26, 1912, the anniversary of its patron saint, St. Demetrius. In the nineteenth century the long scholarly tradition of the city was continued by Margaritis Demetsas, a historian, archeologist, and geographer as well as headmaster of thecity Grammar School and his pupil P. Papageorgiou, later a prominent philologist.

Accommodation in Thessaloniki area.

Hotel Capsis Bristol Thessaloniki Hotel Capsis Bristol Thessaloniki *****
The founders of the Capsis Hotels chain were Thanos and Marika Capsis, two persons that left their own personal mark on the history of Greek hospitality. One generation after, all members of Capsis hotel "family" co-ordinate every move they make so as to make sure that respect to tradition and value...
Year 2005 - 270 EUR/double room
Grand Hotel Palace Thessaloniki Grand Hotel Palace Thessaloniki *****
At Grand Hotel Palace Thessaloniki we acknowledge the needs of the modern professional and businessman, and that is why we can offer a series of excellent facilities.
Season - 150 EUR/double room
Makedonia Palace Hotel Thessaloniki Makedonia Palace Hotel Thessaloniki *****
5 star Makedonia Palace, Thessaloniki s foremost address for the discerning traveller. Makedonia Palace is ideally located by the sea with spectacular views of the White Tower and Thermaikos Gulf within walking distance from the international Exhibition Centre and the city s business and shopping di...
Hotel Capsis Thessaloniki Hotel Capsis Thessaloniki ****
Capsis Hotel has six executive rooms, six junior suites, two business suites and one executive suite. The executive suite is located on the seventh floor and its area is approximately 90 square meters. It has two rooms, with independent bathroom in each of them, a bedroom and a living-room, a dining...
Season for the year 2005 - 216 EUR/double room STANDARD
Hotel Panorama Thessaloniki Hotel Panorama Thessaloniki ****
Panorama hotel - built on the lush green hill of Panorama, the most elegant of Thessaloniki's suburbs, the Hotel Panorama provides its guests with clean air, a quiet environment and an ideal solution for getting away from the daily routine. The PANORAMA offers: 45 completely renovated rooms, 2 super...
Season for the year 2005 - 204 EUR/double room
Hotel Sunbeach Thessaloniki Hotel Sunbeach Thessaloniki ****
For your own escape or for your business trip, choose Sun Beach Hotel and make your stay an unalloyed pleasure. The staff of Sun Beach look forward to offering you that special hospitality a blend of the contemporary and the traditional. Close to the airport and the casino, with easy access to b...
Season for the year 2005 - 85 EUR/double room
Plaza Art Hotel Thessaloniki Plaza Art Hotel Thessaloniki ***
In the city center, inside Ladadika, for your professional travel of for your private escape, Plaza Art Hotel composes the most ideal choice. The staff of Plaza Art hotel is waiting to offer you the brilliant Greek hospitality and cover any of your needs.
Season - 85 EUR/double room
Hotel Mandrino Thessaloniki Hotel Mandrino Thessaloniki ***
The MANDRINO is situated in the centre of Thessaloniki at the heart of the city's market. It is a 3 Star hotel with a friendly family atmosphere in luxurious surroundings. Time of last renovation August 2003. Every room has A/C, satellite-cable T.V 21 , pay TV, mini bar, hair dryer, private bathroom...
Season for the year 2005 - 80 EUR/double room
Hotel Anatolia Thessaloniki Hotel Anatolia Thessaloniki ***
The ANATOLIA hotel is situated in a quiet area close to the city centre. All 56 rooms are fully modernized with facilities including air conditioning, mini bar, TV.

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