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7.6.13

Iconic Greece: Thessaloniki [by National Geographic ]

Thessaloniki view from Kokkinos Vrachos



Thessaloniki is "hosted" by the National Geographic! The journalist James Conaway was invited by Thessaloniki Tourism Organisation as a member of a press delegation from USA and he was visited the city of Thessaloniki during last April. At his article he suggests to his readers to vist the city and enjoy apart of "its incredible store of Byzantine art, its beaches, tavernas, fortified city, and friendly if exotic ambience"....



Thessaloniki
Many stories, one heart


National Geographic : Iconic Greece: Thessaloniki


Icons are, for the uninitiated (that means most of us), an encounter with the unknown: religious paintings on wooden panels of great antiquity. For others, they take on great spiritual significance. And there’s no better place to see them than Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

This often neglected city (despite being Greece’s second largest) should be visited by anyone planning a trip to the country — not just for its incredible store of Byzantine art but also for its beaches, tavernas, fortified city, and friendly if exotic ambience.


A typical Byzantine icon depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary. (Photograph by James Conaway)

After all, this was once the gateway — depending on which direction you were headed — to Asia, the Balkans, and Athens and the Peloponnesus to the south. And you don’t have to be a believer to appreciate the painting and the mosaics that often adorn the walls of churches, basilicas, and monasteries. They’re made more potent by their very survival and by intricacies of craft so exacting and time consuming that they are almost unfathomable today.

Two-dimensional, austere, alien, these masterpieces are also intensely mysterious, even frightening. Faces of apostles, Jesus, Mary, and assorted saints and angels appear as deer caught in the headlights of now. The problem that arises from staring into their big, soulful eyes is that you, too, become exposed to the passions of a complicated, often violent past — and to a spirituality palpable even if you believe in nothing at all.

This is the lost world of Constantinople (now Istanbul), much of which was lost to invasion and physical destruction but is here preserved — at least in part. These gilded or kaleidoscopic surfaces, like the minds of artists and saints behind them, may seem impenetrable, but look at them for a couple of days running, as I just did, and an entirely different impression emerges. These gorgeous relics of a vital past tell a real story about the survival of the Greco-Roman tradition that essentially defines what we think of as “the West.”

More at National Geographic : http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/30/iconic-greece-thessaloniki/




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Weekly schedule of the Championship

12.07.2013


18.00 Referees Meeting at Nikolaos Germanos Convention Center

19.00 Technical Meeting at Nikolaos Germanos Convention Center

 

See also : Directions Service [Driving-Walking-Transit]

13.07.2013


09.00 First game starts

18.00 Meeting

19.00 Opening Celebration at Alexandrion Sports Hall


13.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

14.07.2013


09.00-21.00 Games


14.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time, Gym)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

15.07.2013


09.00-21.00 Games


15.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time, Gym)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

16.07.2013


09.00-17.30 Games


16.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time, Gym)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

19.30 Social Party at Aretsou Beach (Kalamaria)

 

See also : Directions Service [Driving-Walking-Transit]

17.07.2013


09.00-17.30 Games


17.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time, Gym)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

12.30 FIMBA Game at Alexandrion Sports Hall

20.00 Mayor’s Reception at the City Hall of Thessaloniki

 

See also : Directions Service [Driving-Walking-Transit]

18.07.2013


09.00-21.00 Games – First Final Game


18.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time, Gym)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

09.00 FIMBA Congress at Makedonia Palace Hotel

20.30 VIP Dinner King’s Palace – Karabournaki

 

See also : Directions Service [Driving-Walking-Transit]

19.07.2013


09.00-21.00 Games


19.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time, Gym)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

20.07.2013


09.00-21.00 Games


20.07 PROGRAMM (Schedule order by Time, Gym)


Results and Standings [Women] : Women GameCenter

Results and Standings [Men] : Men GameCenter

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