GAPP Dissemination Conference 20-21 January 2022


Thessaloniki has many stories to tell, starting by the moment of its foundation in 316/315 B.C. Fortunate to have royal “blood”, since the new city was named after Thessaloniki, sister of Alexander the Great and daughter of Philip II, King of Macedonia. It was developed rapidly -due to its prominent geographical location- as one of the most important ports, and economical and commercial centers of Macedonia and the Balkan Peninsula as a whole, advantages maintained for the past 2300 years.

Undeniable witnesses of its long course over the years are its numerous monuments. Open and easily accessible to the public, live alongside its residents and tell interesting stories about different civilizations, religions, eras. We invite you to read the history of Thessaloniki so as to comprehend their significance, before you come across them, walking around the city, and to feel this uniqueness that makes Thessalonians so proud of their past.

The region of Thessaloniki has been inhabited since prehistoric times, while the oldest relics are dated back to Neolithic period, approximately sixth to fifth millennium B.C. The largest settlement was that of Thermi, giving its name to the nearby gulf, and can be tracked down, most probably, to the contemporary site of Karabournaki. Other smallest settlements are located to the regions of Toumba, Stavroupoli, Polihni.



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