Since its foundation by King Cassander of Macedonia in 315 B.C. and named after his wife and stepsister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki has always been a metropolis.
Thessaloniki was one of the first bases for the spread of Christianity. The glory of the city is the uninterrupted and unique presence of Christian religious monuments spanning from the 4th to the 20th century. This makes Thessaloniki the largest, most comprehensive and live open-air museum of Byzantine art in the Christian world. Seventeen monuments in the city have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
The tour consists of a visit to the Museum of Byzantine Culture that was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2005 and a visit to two Byzantine churches.
Distance: Center of Thessaloniki
Length of guided tour: 4 hours