Thessaloniki is a vibrant gem along the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Serving as the capital of Macedonia and with over 1 million inhabitants, the city is not only regarded as the cultural and entertainment capital of northern Greece, but also the cultural capital of the country. Founded in 315BC by Cassander of Macedon, its history spans some 3,000 years; preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population. Many of its Byzantine churches, and a whole district of the city in particular, are included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. Large avenues, parks and squares, old houses, neoclassical buildings, stand side by side with modern dwellings which makes a walk through any section of the city an interesting journey.
With Mount Olympus, the residence of the twelve ancient gods, being visible from different parts of the city, this place has many stories to tell. Its nickname is Symprotévousa, literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Symvasilévousa or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople. Symbolically, it remained the same in the modern Greek state, but this became literal over the years and a funny quarrel continues between Athenians and Thessalonikians about which city is the best. Here is an opportunity for you to discover who is right!