The capital city of Thessaloniki was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and cultures.
Central Macedonia is the second most populous region in Greece and its capital city is Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki or Salonica has long been a fascinating religious and cultural melting pot, and nowadays, has a dynamic role as a strong economic, commercial and industrial centre in northern Greece and the Balkans. Central Macedonia is the site of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia. It is the place Alexander the Great, one of history's most successful military commanders, was born and the starting point for creating one of the largest empires of the ancient world. The environmental and cultural diversity of Central Macedonia has made the region one of the most popular tourism destinations in Europe.