The Byzantine past of Thessaloniki…

Written by NewsRoom
5 March 2020

What do you know about the Byzantine Empire?

Did you know that Thessaloniki was part of the Byzantine Empire for 1.100 years and became its second most important city?

Can you imagine how many secrets are hidden in these 1.100 years?

Who were the Byzantines?

How was their life?

What did their houses look like?

What were their jobs?

What did they eat?

What were they wearing?

Have you ever played educational games inside a museum while learning history and a different part of art?

The “Byzantine Empire”, also referred to as the “Eastern Roman Empire”, or “Byzantium”, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in its eastern provinces during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople. It survived the fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. During most of its existence, the empire was the most powerful economic, cultural, and military force in Europe.

Thessaloniki was, for much of the existence of the Byzantine Empire, its second largest city. Evidence of this history can still be seen in the 15 Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thessaloniki was a multicultural city that a prosperous yet tumultuous history from the Roman era to the Ottoman era.

A “trip” in Thessaloniki of Byzantine years: the temples, the houses, the streets, the markets the baths, the food and the daily habits. We construct and deconstruct the narrative of everyday life in this important Byzantine city, which enjoyed a strategic geographic location, was a powerful commercial hub and experienced intense economic activity.

We discover together all these aspects of the Byzantine Empire, while learning how to utilize the necessary vocabulary, practice our daily communication skills and come into contact with grammar and syntax issues.

We visit the really interesting Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki with its important collection, while having an exciting day with a lot of fun thanks to our amazing specialized colleagues at Dot2dot and our highly educated teachers!

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