Thessaloniki was an important metropolis by the Roman period. It was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1430, and passed from the Ottoman Empire to Greece on 8 November 1912. It is a port city. Macedonia has fought to gain control but failed. The bad blood between Greece and Macedonia has continued till this day.The city has lots of remains from history, and is quite popular to tourists.
An ancient musical instrument:
One afternoon I simply walked by myself on the streets to explore along with the local crowd. I went in to the White Tower and looked at all the exhibits about the history of Thessaloniki. Very good exhibits!!
A view from the top floor window of the Tower: