Have you had the opportunity to travel to Greece occasionally? It is an exciting and beautiful country, offering sun, spectacular beaches, wonderful islands, impressive landscapes, villages with a special charm and, of course, a unique historical and cultural heritage in the world.
About two thirds of Greeks live in urban areas. As you may have imagined, the largest urban center in the country is Athens (4 million inhabitants), followed by Thessaloniki (1 million inhabitants). The rest of the cities have much less population, although 8 more exceed 100,000 residents. Next we will tell you about 10 cities most important in this European country taking into account the number of inhabitants. Can you come with us?
As you may have imagined, we are going to start by talking about Athens, the capital of Greece and the most populous city in the country, especially considering its metropolitan area. With a history that extends over three thousand years, it is considered one of the oldest inhabited cities. Also, you know that it had a very important role in the development of democracy. It still preserves important archaeological remains, many of them of great importance.
The second most populous city in Greece is Thessaloniki (also known as Thessalonica). Capital of the Central Macedonia region, it is a place of great wealth historical, artistic and archaeological. In fact, the Early Christian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We also have to talk about Patras, the largest economic, political, administrative and cultural center in western Greece. In addition, it is important to note that, by hosting two universities public and a technological institute, has a large student population and is also an important scientific and technological center.
The fourth most populous city in Greece is Heraklion, capital of Crete and of the homonymous peripheral unit. It is one of the cities with the most history of the Mediterranean, although it has an urban character and offers a lively life both in winter and summer.
Larisa or Larissa, capital of Thessaly, is an important agricultural, commercial and industrial center. Apparently, the city has been inhabited for about 12,000 years. According to legend, here was born Achilles and Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" died.
Also in Thessaly we find Volos, capital of the Magnesia prefecture, a city that is considered to be one of the largest commercial ports in Greece. Among its main points of interest is an important museum archaeological. Also nearby are the ruins of the Neolithic city of Sesklo.
We also have to tell you about Rhodes, the main city of the eponymous island, which is located in the southeast of the Aegean Sea. It is famous since antiquity for being the seat of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. In addition, you should know that its medieval city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Another fairly populated city is Ioánina, also known as Yánena, Yánina or Jánina, capital of the outskirts of Epirus. Among its main points of interest are the Citadel, the Mosque of Aslan Aga, the Cathedral of Saint Athanasius and the Island of the lake.
The ninth most populous city in Greece is Chania, which is located in Crete. Although it was bombarded During the Second World War, it is considered one of the most beautiful cities on the island, especially for its Venetian port and for the Jenízaros Mosque.
Finally, we must speak of Chalcis, which was named in the famous poem The Iliad. Capital of the island of Euboea, it is connected to the mainland by two bridges. On the other hand, we want to comment that Aristotle lived his last year of life in this city.
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