ZONE D: ABOVE EGNATIA
Boasting Roman monuments and sites, like Kamara, Rotunda and the Roman Agora (Marketplace); Byzantine ones, like the churches of St Panteleimonas, Achiropiitos, St Dimitrios and others; and of the Ottoman Period, like the Loutra Paradisos (Paradise Baths) the area above Egnatia has a lot to show!
Here, you will also find the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (APTh), the biggest university of Greece with over 70,000 students. This means that the area attracts many young people who choose to live and go out here due to its proximity to the university campus.
The distinction below and above Egnatia has always stood out in the consciousness of the locals. Above Egnatia means above the ‘refined’ centre. Today however, the Egnatia-and-beyond part of the city is claiming a high position in the preferences of many locals, as it is evolving and transforming dynamically, like the Olympou street hangouts, which started off as “underground”, have gradually evolved into alternative venues, and are now heading towards mainstream.
In the neighborhood behind the Old Town Hall, Karaván Saráï, new hangouts are sprouting, and after Ionos Dragoumi old, deserted or decadent arcades get a new lease of life as they now host ventures that combine entertainment and culture, creativity and imagination. Everything shows that this part of the town not only plays an important role in the scene of the city, but it has not said its last word yet…