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The White Tower of Thessaloniki, with waves crashing on the promenade on a sunny day.

Thessaloniki, often referred to internationally as Thessalonica or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the geographic region of Greek Macedonia.


  • THESSALONIKI (Salonika) Greece's second city is named after a daughter of Philip of Macedon, Thessaloniki, who was married to Kassandros. This shortlived monarch was without descendants, so he gave Thessaloniki 's name to the capital (founded 315 B.C.) to remind posterity of his family's royal descent.
    • Bruce Merry (2004) Encyclopedia of Modern Greek Literature. p. 430
  • The Aegean sea washes Greece on two sides: first, the side that faces towards the east and stretches from Sunium, towards the north as far as the Thermaean Gulf and Thessaloniceia, a Macedonian city...; and secondly, the side that faces towards the south, I mean the Macedonian country, extending from Thessaloniceia as far as the Strymon.
    • Strabo, "Geography", 7.7.4-5
  • Salonique à tout prix!
    • Eleftherios Venizelos, Quoted in Chester, S. M. (1921). Life of Venizelos, with a letter from His Excellency M. Venizelos. London: Constable. p. 159
    • A message sent to the General Staff during the First Balkan War, to insure that the Greek army will capture Thessaloniki at all costs.
  • When Paul came to Thessaloniki around AD 50, the town embraced him and Silas along with their message about Jesus Christ. However, the friendly welcome quickly wore out as some individuals began rising up against them.
    • Kevin Wright (2008) The Christian Travel Planner. p. 98

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