5 Things you Didn’t Know About Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is definitely a city of wonders, a city of secrets and hidden treasures that are worth uncovering. But what are some of the most important things you didn’t know about Thessaloniki?

Let’s take a tour to the city’s most concealed beauties and be amazed.

A Dinosaur Park and a Mammoth Museum

Dinosaur-Park-Thessaloniki(Image Credits: greekomania.com)

A one of a kind thematic park in the Balkans that was established in 2008 to familiarize guests with the history of the Dinosaurs. The park also features the Mammoth Museum that is worth visiting.

An oasis in Thessaloniki

Oasis_thessaloniki(Image Credits: oreokastro.gr)

Did you know that there was an oasis in the heart of Thessaloniki? In the area of Kalogeros near the center of Oraiokastro there is a park with more than 3000 trees and a small lake with ducks and birds.

Hidden Museums of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki hosts several museums of significant importance that most people aren’t aware of their existence such as the Museum of Criminology, the Museum of Plaster Casts, the Folklore Museum and Archive of the Faculty of Philosophy, the Biblical Museum, the Geology-Paleontology Museum, the Museum of Zoology, the Wildlife Museum, the Botanical Museum.

The Indian Cemetery

Indian_Cemetery(Image Credits: thessaloniki.travel)

Did you know that Thessaloniki is home to a truly remarkable Indian cemetery? The cemetery belongs to the Military Cemetery Committee of the British Commonwealth and features 520 graves of Indians that came to Greece in 1914 to serve on behalf of the English feet during the first world war.

Phantom Wing at the largest Tuberculosis Sanitarium in the Country

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The Papanikolaou hospital has been housing an entire phantom wing in its premises for 39 years now. The 1978 earthquake made this wing non-functional. Not many people know though that this wing dating back to 1920 was part of the sanitarium of Asvestohori, part of an entire sanitarium in the size of a village in Thessaloniki.

If you wish to learn more about Thessaloniki not usually find in text books and travel guides, make your way to The Excelsior hotel and begin to explore the city on your own one step at a time.



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