Austrian tribute: Thessaloniki, the Queen of the North
The Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung makes a tribute to Thessaloniki which is called as the Greek Queen of the North.
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The serene breeze already brings the idea of summer in cafes located on the waterfront. Day and night the cafes are already packed with people. Locals and visitors stroll by the shops on the Tsimiski street and walk along the sea enjoying the sun and the view.
The «Queen of the North» offers you the opportunity to take a walk in the square of the Egnatia with stately palaces and then along the sea by the White Tower, the landmark of Thessaloniki.
With one million inhabitants, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and one of the most important port cities of Southeast Europe. In fact, it has the same number of five star hotels, as the five times greater in population, Athens .
Thessaloniki was founded around 315 BC by King Cassander of Macedonia. He gave the city the name of his wife, Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great and founded the city walls.
The city traces the history of the Macedonians, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman period and the signs are visible everywhere. Turkish baths, mosques, museums, bazaars or churches, including the Basilica of St. Demetrius. Impressive are the markets Modiano or Bezesteni.
Greeks, Jews, Armenians and Turks lived together for 500 years and thus laid the foundation for the multicultural atmosphere that makes the city even more attractive today. Artists and students from around the world make nightlife a lively outdoor event .
In neighborhoods like Valaoritou or Ladadika you can find amazing Ouzo and taverns, and bars full of people. Love for life, with which the inhabitants of Thessaloniki defy the crisis is so contagious you will not want to say goodbye!