1st Joint Commission 2 and IGFS Meeting
International Symposium on
Gravity, Geoid and Height Systems 2016

September 19-23, 2016
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki, GGHS 2016 Conference City

About Thessaloniki

GGHS 2016 conference will take place at the historical city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki, also known as Thessalonica, Salonika or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Its honorific title is literally “co-capital”, and stands as a reference to its historical status “co-reigning” city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople.

According to the Greek National Statistical Service, the municipality of Thessaloniki had a population of 385,406 in 2007, while the Thessaloniki Urban Area (the Thessaloniki Greater Area “TGA”) had a population of 800,764. Furthermore, the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area (the prefecture of Thessaloniki) extends over an area of 1,455.62 km2 (562.02 sq mi) and its population in 2011 reached a total of 1,104,460 inhabitants.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Thessaloniki is the 2014 European Youth Capital.

The city of Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon. Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. For 2013, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.

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Thessaloniki international flight connections
Central Europe

Berlin-Tegel, Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Cologne/Bonn, Vienna, Zürich, Basel, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Brussels-Charleroi, Rome-Fiumicino, Rome-Ciampino, Milan-Malpensa, Milan-Linate, Bergamo, Pisa, Venice

United Kingdom

London-Gatwick, London- Luton, London-Stansted, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Bristol

Scandinavia

Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Riga

Balkans & Eastern Europe

Belgrade, Bucharest-Băneasa, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Budapest, Brno, Istanbul, Moscow-Vnukovo, Moscow-Domodedovo, Minsk, Ostrava, Prague, Tirana, Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Yerevan, Warsaw

Iberian Peninsula

Barcelona, Girona

Cyprus

Larnaca, Paphos

Israel

Tel Aviv

Thessaloniki-Landmarks

The ‘White Tower’. The symbol of the city.- An exhibition of the history and art of Byzantine Thessaloniki covering the period between 300 and 1430 AD. You can enjoy the unique view from
The Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture: Some of the finest Byzantine art-priceless icons, frescoes, sculpted reliefs, jewelry, glasswork, manuscripts, pottery, and coins. It is near the Archaeological Museum.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: The most widely visited museum in Thessaloniki. Displaying sculpture of the archaic, classical and Roman periods.
The picturesque district ‘Ladadika’ and the port of the city.
Visit ‘Ano Poli’ district and walk through the narrow roads.

Thessaloniki-Activities

The ‘White Tower’. The symbol of the city.- An exhibition of the history and art of Byzantine Thessaloniki covering the period between 300 and 1430 AD. You can enjoy the unique view from
The Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture: Some of the finest Byzantine art-priceless icons, frescoes, sculpted reliefs, jewelry, glasswork, manuscripts, pottery, and coins. It is near the Archaeological Museum.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: The most widely visited museum in Thessaloniki. Displaying sculpture of the archaic, classical and Roman periods.
The picturesque district ‘Ladadika’ and the port of the city.
Visit ‘Ano Poli’ district and walk through the narrow roads.
Thessaloniki-Activites
Visit the numerous Byzantine churches of the city, dating back to the early Christian years (UNESCO World Heritage Monuments).
Visit the Monastery Republic of Mount Athos.
Visit Vergina, the ancient site of Aigai and the first capital of Macedonia has extensive ruins including the tomb of Phillip and the summer palace of King Antigonas Gonatas.
Visit the province of Halkidiki (picturesque villages, amazing beaches).
Taste the local and international gastronomy and local wines.
Enjoy Shopping.
Experience city’s ‘Nightlife’.
Sightseeing & leisure.

Amazing Ottoman Monuments

The White Tower (15th century), the hallmark of the city. It was built in 1536 the White Tower is a landmark and symbol of Thessaloniki, right on the water front. It is expected to house the new Museum of Thessaloniki’s history.
The Mosques of the Hamza Bey Cami (15th century), the Aladja Imaret Cami (1484) and the Yeni Cami (1902).
Hamams (Turkish bathhouses): The Pazar Hamam (15th century), the Pasha Hamam (15th century), Bey Hamam (16th century), Yeni Hamam and the Yahudi Hamam.
Rotunda and Arch of Galerius – Roman monuments.
Bezesteni, a rectangular building with lead-covered domes and four entrances was built in the late fifteenth century and operated as a cloth market.

Thessaloniki Museums

Archaeological Museum – An exciting tour of the history of ancient Macedonia through important findings dating back to the end of 6th century B.C. The museum was inaugurated in October 1962.
Byzantine Civilization Museum: one of the most important museums of the country, with valuable Byzantine exhibits dating back from the Early Byzantine period to the Turkish occupation.
The Jewish Museum Housed in a preserved building built in 1904; it presents the historical course of the Jews of Thessaloniki until their genocide by the Nazis during German occupation.
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary art. The museum houses, among other things, paintings, sculptures, engravings, photos and films made by Greek or foreign artists.

Culture and Events

Thessaloniki Concert Hall – A newly-built, magnificent yet austere, multipurpose venue for cultural and other events. Operating since 2000 it is one of the most advanced concert venues in Europe.
Moni Lazariston- by the monastic order of the Brothers of Mercy, and now used for cultural events.
Mylos – (literally mill). An old industrial complex, built in 1924, today have been remodeled to house cultural events and leisure activities, as well as the industrial buildings of the old FIX Brewery and the VILKA plant.
National Theatre of Northern Greece – Thessaloniki’s main institution for performing arts.
International Film Festival of Thessaloniki – The country’s leading annual Cinema Festival, taking place in November.
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – The most popular Documentary Festival in Greece. Ιt takes place every March.

Dining and Nightlife

Aristotelous Square – surrounded by monumental buildings and open to the waterfront for a width of 100 meters and the waterfront avenue of the city (Nikis avenue), where cafes, trendy bars, restaurants and street performers can be found.
Navarinou Square – Full of university student’s haunts (open air cafes overlooking the ruins of the imperial palace).
Valaoritou district – The new trendy neighborhood where restaurants, bars and live music scenes.
Bar rows in the city center – cluster of bars with distinct character can be found at Nikis avenue, Zefxidos and Valaoritou streets.

Shopping

Modiano, Kapani and Athonos Market Halls – colorful covered halls, selling food and inexpensive clothes; there are a lot of beautiful taverns with Greek traditional music. They mostly have brilliant food.
Tsimiski- Street – is the main shopping street and where visitors will find a selection of retailers typical of a high street. Popular international brand named goods and domestically made products share equal space in this busy retail area.
Pastry Shops – The sweet temptations in Thessaloniki are many and the visitor can find them located in every district and every neighborhood. Every patisserie has its own character and specialty.
Proxenou Koromila Street – the city’s most up market shopping area, where most Thessaloniki haute couture as well as international designer boutiques can be found.

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