Introduction to Thessaloniki with Kapi Panou

Introduction to Thessaloniki with Kapi Panou


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Thessaloniki is a city of land and water, connecting majestic Mt. Olympus and the sparkling Aegean Sea. In this seminar, we will discover how the city’s psyche has been shaped by everyone to arrive here: immigrants, conquerors, and refugees. More than two thousand years later, Thessaloniki still bewitches curious travelers!

Quick changes and dramatic contrasts in a city of many stories, innumerable treasures, splendid monuments, and a non-stop heartbeat since antiquity. This is the essence of Thessaloniki, a city that bears the name of Alexander the Great’s sister. In the course of history, Thessaloniki has hosted Romans, Jews, crusaders, Venetians, and Ottomans. Thessaloniki had always been the Byzantine empire’s second most important city. Having been a safe haven for immigrants and refugees, the city formed a multicultural, cosmopolitan character. Through centuries of calamity and disaster, Thessaloniki still embraces proudly its diverse landmarks: the ancient forum, the roman arches, and palace, the unique Byzantine churches, Jewish synagogues and monuments, the traditional upper town, the Ottoman structures, all within its medieval walls: an open-air museum!

Different cultural routes intersect in a city built on a crossroads between East and West. It is a panorama for all senses: a gastronomic paradise with Eastern and Western flavors, a stop on the wine route of Macedonia, a nightlife hub with deluxe restaurants, popular meze tavernas, wine bars, clubs, and excellent music. Her feminine aspect and many faces challenge curiosity, creating a nostalgic atmosphere, an exotic mystery at the same time the eye rejoices with the splendid art nouveau, art deco, and eclectic buildings of its city center.

Led by Kapi Panou an expert on Greek heritage, this interactive seminar will be a journey into Thessaloniki and beyond. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will live the myth of the city and will be presented with ideas for nearby escapes like ancient Philippi in the footsteps of Saint Paul, Mount Athos, Pella, and Vergina, ancient Dion, and mountain Olympus!

Born in Salonica, Greece, Kapi Panou is a highly qualified tour guide and member of the World Federation of Tourist Guides' Associations (WFTGA) Group of Lead Trainers. She has experience with group and private guiding all over Greece. In addition to guiding, she is currently an instructor at the School of Guides, Athens, Her aim is to share a comprehensive and thorough interpretation of the secrets of Greek and Jewish heritage and contemporary life.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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