Antiquity & Roman Period
The birth of a legendary city
Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by General Cassander of Macedonia, and named after his wife and Alexander the Great’s step-sister, but remains of earlier habitation have been found in the city’s surroundings. Ever since its foundation, Thessaloniki was a major city of the Kingdom of Macedonia and never stopped playing a crucial role in every development in the Balkans. When Romans conquered the city, they transformed it into an important port and adorned the city with monuments like the Agora and the Arch of Galerius. Search for remnants of the Roman era to admire, such as the Ippodromos horserace-track other amazing landmarks.