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The Telegraph

Secret Greece: 18 hidden gems you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

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THE GUARDIAN

Instant weekend: Thessaloniki

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WANDERLUST

Short Break in Thessaloniki, Greece

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THE TELEGRAPH

How to spend 48 hours in Thessaloniki

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The Independent (UK and Worldwide Newspaper)

48 Hours In: Thessaloniki

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Top 10 Nightlife Cities

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THE GUARDIAN

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe: readers' travel tips (ΝΟ 9, για το 2015)

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THE BOSTON GLOBE

Thessaloniki’s food, art, and beauty improve with age

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER

Eat: Thessaloniki

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Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece

Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece

Author: Devin E. Naar
Touted as the "Jerusalem of the Balkans," the Mediterranean port city of Salonica (Thessaloniki) was once home to the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the world. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the city's incorporation into Greece in 1912 provoked a major upheaval that compelled Salonica's Jews to reimagine their community and status as citizens of a nation-state. Jewish Salonica is the first book to tell the story of this tumultuous transition through the voices and perspectives of Salonican Jews as they forged a new place for themselves in Greek society. Devin E. Naar traveled the globe, from New York to Salonica, Jerusalem, and Moscow, to excavate archives once confiscated by the Nazis. Written in Ladino, Greek, French, and Hebrew, these archives, combined with local newspapers, reveal how Salonica's Jews fashioned a new hybrid identity as Hellenic Jews during a period marked by rising nationalism and economic crisis as well as unprecedented Jewish cultural and political vibrancy. Salonica's Jews―Zionists, assimilationists, and socialists―reinvigorated their connection to the city and claimed it as their own until the Holocaust. Through the case of Salonica's Jews, Naar recovers the diverse experiences of a lost religious, linguistic, and national minority at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East.
Farewell to Salonica: City at the Crossroads

Farewell to Salonica: City at the Crossroads

Author: Leon Sciaky
The Salonica one reads about is not only a fascinating and complex city in which many national and cultural strains run side by side, but it is a critical city of Aegean politics…The breakdown of the Turkish Empire and its consequences for Balkan affairs are better understood when one has read this book. But it is not the political value of the book that should be emphasized so much as its quiet charm, its unpretentious and easy portrayal of a cultural pattern through an account of an engaging family…A warm and softly luminous book.
Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950

Author: Mark Mazower
Salonica, located in northern Greece, was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and ethnicities, where Egyptian merchants, Spanish Jews, Orthodox Greeks, Sufi dervishes, and Albanian brigands all rubbed shoulders. Tensions sometimes flared, but tolerance largely prevailed until the twentieth century when the Greek army marched in, Muslims were forced out, and the Nazis deported and killed the Jews. As the acclaimed historian Mark Mazower follows the city’s inhabitants through plague, invasion, famine, and the disastrous twentieth century, he resurrects a fascinating and vanished world.
The Birdcage – A Novel of Salonika

The Birdcage – A Novel of Salonika

Clive Aslet
Salonika in 1916 is a city more than half-Jewish and, until a few months ago, one of the jewels in the Ottoman crown. It is now suddenly Greek. Nominally neutral, it is filled with French, British and Serbian soldiers defending it against the Austro-German and Bulgarian forces to the north. In a city seething with intrigue, cafe society continues unperturbed and the native inhabitants make from the soldiers what money they can. Young nurses from the Women’s Hospital join seasoned soldiers, and Kite Balloonists must trade their traditional chivalry towards the enemy against the need to survive.
Mosaics of Thessaloniki, 4th-14th century

Mosaics of Thessaloniki, 4th-14th century

Authors: Charalambos Bakirtzis, Eftychia Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou, Chrysanthi Mavropoulou - Tsioumi
This volume aspires to fill a gap in the bibliography on the subject, since there are no modern publications of the mosaics of the major Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki aimed at the contemporary reader, both specialist and layman.
The preserved mosaic decoration of the Rotonda, Hosios David, Ayia Sophia, Ayioi Apostoloi and the basilicas of Ayios Dimitrios and the Acheiropoietos is presented with lavish, high-quality illustrations and an elegant text that highlights the aesthetic values of the monuments.
Cartes Postales from Greece

Cartes Postales from Greece

Author Victoria Hislop
Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.
On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A’s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more…”

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The Thread

The Thread

Author: Victoria Hislop
Victoria Hislop’s eagerly-awaited third novel, “The Thread”, was published by Headline Books in October, 2011. In it she returns to Greece, taking as her backdrop the troubled history of the city of Thessaloniki in a story that spans almost a century, beginning  with the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917 which almost destroyed the city, burning for almost two days and razing 9,500 houses. The city that rose from the ashes would be very different both architecturally – since  the government commissioned a  French architect to design a new urban plan – but perhaps more importantly in its population since the events that were to unfold shortly afterwards changed the demography of the city forever

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Mosaics of Thessaloniki

Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou, E., Mavropoulou-Tsioumi, H. & Bakirtzis, H., (2012). Kapon Publications, Athens.

Sculptures of Post-war Thessaloniki and Contemporary Trends of Public Artistic Interventions

Panagiotakis, S., (2014). Doctoral Thesis, Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki outside the walls

Kolonas, B., (2014). University Studio Press, Thessaloniki

The Synagogues of Salonika and Veroia

Messinas, H., (1997). Gavriilidis Editions, Athens

History of Thessaloniki 323 BC-2012

Karathanasis, A., (2012). Kyriakidis Bros Publications, Thessaloniki