The history of Thessaloniki is a long history dating back to the Ancient Greeks
(Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, IPA: [θesaloˈniki]), Thessalonica, or Salonica is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. It is honorarily called the Συμπρωτεύουσα Symprotevousa (lit. co-capital) of Greece, as it was once called the συμβασιλεύουσα symvasilevousa (royal co-capital) of the Byzantine Empire.)
- Hellenistic era
The city was founded around 315 BC by the King Cassander of Macedon, on or near the site of the ancient town of Therma and twenty-six other local villages. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a half-sister of Alexander the Great. She gained her name ("victory of Thessalians": Gk nikē "victory") from her father, Philip II,(*photo statue) to commemorate her birth on the day of his gaining a victory over the Phocians, who were defeated with the help of Thessalian horsemen, the best in Greece at that time. Thessaloniki developed rapidly and as early as the 2nd century BC the first walls were built, forming a large square. It was an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Macedon, with its own parliament where the King was represented and could interfere in the city's domestic affairs.
- Roman era
After the fall of the kingdom of Macedon in 168 BC, Thessalonica became a city of the Roman Republic. It grew to be an important trade-hub located on the Via Egnatia, the Roman road connecting Byzantium (later Constantinople), with Dyrrhachium (now Durrës in Albania), and facilitating trade between Europe and Asia. The city became the capital of one of the four Roman districts of Macedonia; it kept its privileges but was ruled by a praetor and had a Roman garrison, while for a short time in the 1st century BC, all the Greek provinces came under Thessalonica (the Latin form of the name). Due to the city's key commercial importance, a spacious harbour was built by the Romans, the famous Burrowed Harbour (Σκαπτός Λιμήν) that accommodated the town's trade up to the eighteenth century; later, with the help of silt deposits from the river Axios, it was reclaimed as land and the port built beyond it. Remnants of the old harbour's docks can be found in the present day under Odos Frangon Street, near the Catholic Church.
Thessaloniki's acropolis, located in the northern hills, was built in 55 BC after Thracian raids in the city's outskirts, for security reasons.
The city had a Jewish colony, established during the first century, and was to be an early centre of Christianity. On his second missionary journey, Paul of Tarsus, born a Hellenized Israelite, preached in the city's synagogue, the chief synagogue of the Jews in that part of Thessaloniki, and laid the foundations of a church. Other Jews opposed to Paul drove him from the city, and he fled to Veroia. Paul wrote two of his epistles to the Christian community at Thessalonica, the First Epistle to the Thessalonians and the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians.
Thessaloníki acquired a patron saint, St. Demetrius, in 306. He is credited with a number of miracles that saved the city, and was the Roman Proconsul of Greece under the anti-Christian emperor Maximian, later martyred at a Roman prison where today lies the Church of St. Demetrius, first built by the Roman sub-prefect of Illyricum Leontios in 463. Other important remains from this period include the Arch and Tomb of Galerius, located near the centre of the modern city.....etc.......more INFO : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Thessaloniki
- Byzantine era, Ottoman era, Balkan Wars and World War I, World War II,Modern era
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rikko77 (10861) 2009-11-28 1:15
great pic for this interesting, exhaustive note. I like the way you framed it, choosing a portrait framing with the statue in the FG and f8 aperture which is good to get such DOF with a 18-55 lens.
Have a good day!
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-11-28 1:32
Hello Georgios! Wonderful monument, very interesting tower, excellent sky, good POV and composition. Very good shot. Interesting note. Well done!
francio64 (38276) 2009-11-28 5:10
doppio soggetto "Torre e Statua bronzea", in ottimo accostamento per una piacevole composizione dall'ottimo taglio verticale.
Non sò cosa ci fosse alle tue spalle, ma avrei comunque preferito riprendere la statua frontalmente e non di spalle.
Have a nice WE!
saxo042 (37268) 2009-11-28 7:47
There is some distance between the statue and the tower, but the way you have placed them inside the frame shows the depth in a fine way. The little red car in between is a nice eye-catcher.
mauro61 (52623) 2009-11-28 9:19
statua che guarda rivolta verso la mole del torrione mentre il traffico scorre..
Perfetta inquadratura e bei colori,
ciakgiak (30409) 2009-11-28 11:57
l'aver messo col tuo POV la statua in relazione alla torre ha dato grande piacevolezza ed interesse all'immagine.
Ottima la gestione della DOF e colori molto belli e naturali.
Un caro saluto.
ifanik (21679) 2009-11-28 12:25
Ekseretiki fotografia file moy me omorfo kadro poy deixnei dyo pragmata gia thn Thesalonikh thn omorfia ths kai thn istoria ths
Emile (20350) 2009-11-28 13:04
Every day we learn something new, the way you captured the statue and the tower in perfect sharpness with a Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds is very good. Wonderful composition, nice colors and good use of a vertical format in this excellent shot. Your informative note is also very good.
Have a good weekend.
coco (30439) 2009-11-28 13:17
You made a smart work with the composition and light and exposure are right too.
emka (77336) 2009-11-28 23:23
Nice composition with the dominating figure of the ancient warrior. Interesting note on the history of the city.
jafadabret (56501) 2009-11-28 23:48
C'est un bel équilibre qui a été réalisé entre la tour et la statue du guerrier antique. Bonne gestion de la lumière !
Bonne journée !
Nicou (120376) 2009-11-29 0:49
par ton cadrage la statue est plus grande que la tour, sueprbe travaile t composition dans un ciel limpide, a netteté totale de début à la fin, une merveille.
Bravo et amitié
Cretense (68687) 2009-11-29 5:26
Γεια σου Γεώργιε!
Εξαιρετικό κάδρο και σύνθεση, μια φωτογραφία που κρατάει αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον από το πρώτο πλάνο μέχρι το φόντο. Πολύ καλό βάθος πεδίου. Άψογος φωτισμός και χρώματα! Συγχαρητήρια!
Budapestman (82620) 2009-11-29 6:35
a beautiful photo of this view, the vertical composition is very attractive, I like the statue in the foreground and the historical atmosphere, the colours and lights are very nice, a superb shot of this famous place. Tfs! Have a nice Sunday!
vasilpro (40933) 2009-11-29 10:58
Γεια σου Γεώργιε,
Πολύ όμορφη εικόνα του Λευκού Πύργου από μια πολύ καλά διαλεγμένη γωνία λήψης σε μια μοναδική σύνθεση από τη Θεσσαλονίκη.
Καλή σου βδομάδα, Βασίλης.
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2009-12-01 3:18
A good capture of this splendid statue set against a fine looking tower. Well done.
jhm (138214) 2009-12-01 3:34
You placing both subjects excellent beside each other, with a wonderful sharpness and clarity, good presentation, fine atmosphere.
Excellent framed, real colours good presentation through a good composition.
Very well done, TFS.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-12-01 3:40
I read your long enthralling note which in some lines summarizes the glorious history of the city and the area.
The photograph is well built with this spectacular foreground which gives depth to the image and emphasizes the tower. Excellent and interesting image. Cheer.
Have a nice day
jemaflor (83691) 2009-12-02 11:54
Well composed with thses two elements in your shot may be with a square format, it would be interesting also.
Longroute (19394) 2009-12-03 11:25
Ah! I have already seen this tower in a photo of Argiris, but here is a completely different POV. And it's a good idea to set the statue in the fg as a complement to the tower. I like also that red car which is a nice focal point. Fine and clear: a good reportage of Thessaloniki.
Angshu (55375) 2009-12-06 19:59
A well balanced picture with the statue and the tower balancing each other well. Composition is very well achieved as is the mastery of exposure. Perfect in vertical frame. Your note as always is fascinating and very informative
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38202)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-31
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS450D, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Thessaloniki city [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-28 0:55