Thessaloniki - Macedonia - Greece - an ancient kingdom of Greece in modern times.
All variations of the city’s name derive from the original (and current) appellation in Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη (from Θεσσαλός, Thessalos, and Νίκη, Nike), literally translating to “Thessalian Victory”. The name of the city came from the name of a princess, Thessalonike of Macedon, so named because of her birth on the day of the Macedonian victory at the Battle of Crocus Field.
Founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon, Thessaloniki’s history spans some 2,300 years. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. The city’s main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece