We’ll be back and are already so (so!) excited…
After the pandemic-caused cancellation of the 15th EMIM in 2020 we can’t wait to welcoming and meeting you all in beautiful Thessaloniki. Mark your calendars:
15–18 March 2022
THESSALONIKI – we love it!
«There is a homeland for everyone, while there is Thessaloniki»Nikiforos Choumnos, 14thc.
Byzantine dignitary and a scholar.
Thessaloniki, the capital of Greek Macedonia and the second-largest city in Greece. Popular to travelers who are drawn to its gorgeous beaches, lively college-town energy, and cosmopolitan character but still an insider tip for most of us. Although the majority of the city center was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1917, the rebuilt 20th-century city has a well-planned, Europeanized design.
Ever since the 4th c.BC when Thessaloniki was founded, it has kept its urban character and has remained a civic centre and the hub of that region. The city’s centuries-old multicultural history has been associated with great empires, as it has known the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Rule. The town was also greatly influenced by many ethnic and religious groups as well as Greeks from Constantinople, Pontus [modern-day northeastern Turkey] and Asia Minor [a.k.a. Anatolia]. The numerous monuments, dating to many historical periods, coexist in a singular and charming way and manifest Thessaloniki’s historical multicultural and cosmopolitan nature.
Nowadays, the historic capital of Greek Macedonia, the land of Alexander the Great, has evolved into a modern and particularly charming metropolis. A multitude of monuments and cultural assets and the town’s traditional ways exist in harmony with the modern aspects and the high standard infrastructure, the carefree mood, the spirit of hospitality, the vitality of the locals setting the pace of town life, the diversity, the entertainment options, the exceptional culinary tradition, and the fresh feel in the atmosphere, coming from the seafront, as well as the coolness of the northwest wind called Vardaris.
Thessaloniki’s location is at the centre of a greater area with incomparable historical monuments and natural assets as it offers the opportunity for a visit to archaeological sites known the world over like Ancient Pella, Vergina, Dion, Petralona Cave, to areas of exquisite nature like Mt Olympus, to the monastic state of Agion Oros as well as to Halkidiki, a famous tourist destination.