Greece - History
The history of Thessaloniki06-10-2012 16:05The history of the city begins at 315 BC, from the King of Macedonia Cassandros, little afterwards the death of Alexander the Great in Babylon. Cassandros who was married to Alexander’s sister Thessaloniki, founded the city and gave the city his wife’s name. Thessaloniki, 150 years after its foundation, is conquered by Romans, as also the entire Macedonia. Macedonians, supporting the Roman sovereignty, face successfully the invasions of northern populations.
Thessaloniki becomes also the first city of Europe, in which Apostle Paul declared the principles of Christianity in 50 AD. In the years to follow, Thessaloniki becomes the seat of Caesar Galerius since 305 AD and in this period most of the magnificent buildings in the city were built as the Arch of Triumph, the Palaces and Rotunda.
Christianity is the official religion when Constantine the Great it selects Thessaloniki as the field of battle of his confrontation with Likinos, which rendered him, triumphed and autocrat. In the following years, Thessaloniki experiences the raids of Serbians, Goths, Avars, Persians and many more and finally is conquered by the Despot of Epirus Aggelos Komninos, in 1224. Since 1300 begins a period of acne, with increase of population and strengthening of economy and cultural life. In 1430, Thessaloniki falls in Turks and in the following centuries the city becomes a multinational mosaic, as here is settled Jewish refugees, Turks, Balkans, and the harbour is the most important one for the Ottoman Empire. In the dues of the 19th century, the Balkan Wars, the city's status was finally settled by the Treaty of Bucharest on August 10, 1913, sealing the city as an integral part of Greece.
Nowadays, Thessalonica is an entire Byzantine museum. Begin your tour from the Temple of Saint Dimitrios, the Twelve Apostles, the Prophet Ilias and Saint Ekaterini, on Olympiadas Str. and the grandiose temple of Saint Sofia (7th century). Important churches are also the Temple of Acheiropiitos and Virgin Mary Chalkeon.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation...
There is no need to convince the thousands of tourists who visit Santorini why they need to experience a sea tour under the unique Caldera cliff. Actually, this is the second “must do” after viewing...
You have definitely heard about mount Olympus and the 12 Gods of ancient years. But do you know that Greece, apart from the famous islands, has more than 300 mountains?
In 1249, the ruler of the Frankish Principate of Achaea William II of Villeharbdouin built a srong fortress, atop the naturally-fortified hill of Myzithra in Lacedaimon. It would play an improtant role...