Culture & Art / Northern Part


With 29 museums and 15 World Heritage Sites, Greece’s second city is a cultural powerhouse. Artists from all over the world come for the Dimitria festival (held every summer since 300 AD), November’s film festival, and the Biennale of contemporary art, with venues including an old hamam, mosque, and slaughterhouse. On the ancient trade route linking the Adriatic with Istanbul, Thessaloniki has always been a confluence of cultures. Echoes of its former occupants crop up in Roman ruins, Byzantine chapels, Ottoman baths, and crumbling synagogues.

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area 19,307 km² currency EURO (€) when to go ALL YEAR ROUND
population 385,406 (2011) telephone code COUNTRY: +0030
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language GREEK gmt +2

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