How many stories have you ever imagined for a city. Thessaloniki has so many stories to tell us. And a heart made of such stories. The heart of the stories of the city...

This is an official submission for the 2016 Apps4Thessaloniki competition - Tourism edition.

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Thessaloniki is a city full of stories that have been unfolding over 2300 years. They are the stories of her people, of her visitors, of her friends.

Thessaloniki has many stories to tell us.

Add your story too and contribute to the heart-mosaic, made up of pebbles; The heart of the stories of the city!

While much of Greece struggles to attract tourists in difficult economic times, the country's second city Thessaloniki is enjoying a renewed interest.

Rajan Datar discovered that many were attracted to the city for its slower pace, history and culture and a new campaign for more visitors was being targeted at those on cruises, younger people and lesbian and gay tourists.

Greek summer would not be summer without the frappe, and here in Thessaloniki where it was "invented" we should probably put it on the city's coat of arms.

People are asking about frappe on Quora!

But why not come to Thessaloniki and drink as much ice coffee as you prefer?

A beautiful city with much ancient history, churches and monuments like The wight tower, Rotonda, Kamara, Agia Sofia, Agios Dimitrios and more.

Here is a very nice presentation of the city made by a local. Enjoy!

Jews played an important role in Thessaloniki and many parts of the city do have the memories written on them

Nowadays the visitor can visit Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, the Holocaust Memorial and one of the city’s two historic synagogues, Monastiriotes' Synagogue or "Yad Lezikaron" Synagogue.

Here is the code of this project stored on Github.

GitHub is a Web-based Git repository hosting service. It offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.

So this is technical but if you know this is the place to contribute to this project.

Here are some key phrases you have to know in order to familiarize yourself with the city. If you forget them don't worry we have a cheat-sheet for you!

- Frappe (iced coffee drink, friends and relax)
- Chalara (Relax, take it easy)
- Ti me les (What are you talking to me)
- Tsoureki (our traditional cake)
- Hey Kardasi (A way to say: "yo bro!")
- Bougatsa (our traditional pie)

Thessaloniki was first fortified by Cassander when he first founded it in 315 BC. The walls of Thessaloniki as we see them today are the result of construction, extension, and repair work that went on from the fourth century BC to the period of the Ottoman rule.

They were originally 8 km long. Unfortunately only 4 of them survive today...

But still the view is gorgeous!

Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη [θesaloˈnici] ( listen)), also known in English as Thessalonica or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace.

Enjoy this night roadtrip!

You may not see the best football ever but there is one thing true for Thessaloniki. The football matches are more than a match, they are fiestas!

Here is an example of the pyroshow happening on a football game.

You will never get bored on a football game in Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki itself never doubted its own cultural identity and its millennia of existence, it stands there since 315BC. No wonder it was chosen as the co-reigning city of the Byzantine Empire alongside Constantinople – to prove just that there are several Paleochristian monuments, constituting a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The square was designed by French architect Ernest Hébrard in 1918, but most of the square was built in the 1950s. Many buildings surrounding the central square have since been renovated and its northern parts were largely restored in the 2000s.
Today, Aristotelous Square is one of the most famous places in all of Greece and almost synonymous with the city of Thessaloniki itself.

When you are looking from up above
earth looks like a picture
and you took it too seriously
you took it too seriously.

The houses look like matchboxes
People look like ants
even the biggest palace
looks like a tiny ball.

And all those people that have hurt you
if you look at them from up above
they will appear to you so trivial
that you will forget about them in an instant.

Thessaloniki’s sparkling harbor is almost empty - a good thing. It remains one of the last urban seafronts in southern Europe not hemmed in by a giant marina. Instead, wooden caïques still ply the quiet bay while footpaths trace the meandering waterfront of Greece’s second largest city, some 320 miles north - and a world away - from chaotic Athens.

Read more at the National Geographic article.

OK, we know! You just arrived to Thessaloniki and you wan to upload a photo of you on the social media. But you have no internet connection.

Don't worry, there are free wifi spots around the city. Happy posting!

The historical profile of Thessaloniki, which began in the Hellenistic era and has continued uninterrupted to the present day, is mainly linked to its Byzantine life. The walled city and its monuments can reasonably be called an open Byzantine Museum. All city monuments, Byzantine, Post – Byzantine and Ottoman – have been declared as historical landmark monuments.

Thessaloniki Food Festival is an event organized by the Municipality of Thessaloniki. It's main focus is to promote the local gastronomy and cousine as also as to establish Thessaloniki as a great option for gastronomy related tourism.

If you come to Thessaloniki do not forget to join the events. They are so 'delicious'!

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