City and Attractions


The city

ICBHI 2017 conference will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, located in the northern part of the country and sprawls around an arc of coastline at the top of the Thermaic Gulf. Thessaloniki was founded in 316 B.C. and named after the half-sister of Alexander the Great.

The city is known for numerous monuments which date to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman historical periods. Fifteen (15) of the Early Christian-Byzantine monuments were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. Thessaloniki UNESCO Monuments

Due to the city’s geographical location and its prominent port, the city of Thessaloniki has evolved into one of the most important economic, commercial and business centers in the Balkan Peninsula.

Thessaloniki is home to the largest university in Greece, the Aristotle University.

The city is also renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital.



The city has to offer over thirty (30) fascinating museums. 

Monuments and landmarks

  • Basilica of Aghios Dimitrios – Crypt
  • Church of Aghia Sophia
  • Basilica of Panagia Acheiropoietou
  • Church of Panayia Chalkeon
  • Byzantine walls of the city
  • Monastery of Vlatadon
  • Heptapyrgion castle
  • Rotunda
  • Arch of Triumph of Galerius

Places of interest: 

  • Ladadika – One of the hot spots in Thessaloniki, Ladadika is an entertainment district with several bars and restaurants.  
  • Agora Modiano, Kapani, Athonos square – Traditional markets and greek taverns: 
  • Aristotle Square – Main city’s square surrounded by Neoclassical buildings where several cafeterias can be found. 

For more information on Thessaloniki you can visit the following links:

Municipality of Thessaloniki

Official tourism web site for Thessaloniki

Official travel guide of Thessaloniki