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102- Gates of Europe. Founding Europe finding identities


Upcoming sessions:

  • 102-1/2023: 26.06-01.07.2023

Price: 510€ (Included course fee, entrance to sites and museums, transportation)

Location: Thessaloniki (Greece)

Course organizer: AM LearnToTeach Courses

 Number of participants: 20 

 Certification on completion: Yes 

 Language: English 


Thessaloniki is a city unique in so many ways. Founded in 315 B.C., the city’s history is rich and varied. First Macedonian, then Roman and Byzantine, it was eventually conquered by the Ottoman Turks, becoming an influential outpost of Islam. An influx of Jewish refugees from Christian Spain also thrived here, and homeland rule returned as the Greeks expelled the Muslims. The German influence saw the Jews decimated; and after two world wars and a bloody civil war the dictatorship gave way to its European present.


A central theme of this course delves into Thessaloniki being ruled for 500 years by an empire, under the sultans of Constantinople, while being inhabited by people of three distinct religions (Christians, Muslims and Jews). Despite differences, people lived peacefully with religious tolerance. These three faiths were also made up of three different races that co-existed but did not mix, keeping their own different languages, customs and neighborhoods, and eventually swept away by nationalism that appeared later on throughout Europe.


To this day, battered by centuries of experience, Thessaloniki provides valuable material for 21st-century teachers and their students. This seminar will introduce and explain important features of the Roman-Byzantine, Muslim and Jewish past of Thessaloniki. Taking a closer look at these features will provide material for critical thinking and understanding better our common European origins. It will help us empathize with human fate by continuing to learn about the stories of people who were challenged, persevered, went missing, overcame and thrived, hoping that this rich and varied history will help us better discover our own identities.

It is both an honor and pleasure for us to try to bring to light the multileveled past of this unique city. Teaching history in a modern and interactive way, with guided visits to museums and archeological sites, walking tours throughout the city streets and learning more about the city's past and present are only part of what this seminar will offer to the interested candidates.


Trainers will be in contact with the participants in order to solve any questions or doubts. And provide advice on accommodation, airports, airlines etc. They will also familiarize participants with the website of the seminars which will be used to upload pedagogical material created during the course duration.



  • Arrivals

  • Meeting and getting to know each other (ice breaking activities)

  • Course information (aims, concept, summary of activities)



  • A walk around the Roman-Byzantine Thessaloniki

  • Visits to important monuments of the Roman and Byzantine period : Rotunda, The Roman Palace, Byzantine churches.

  • Narrative sessions on how history has shaped our present



  • Going back in time - Visiting Vergina’s Macedonian Tombs

  • Learn more about the Macedonian Dynasty and the birth of Thessaloniki, reflecting on the many changes that the city has undergone since then

  • Visit the school of Aristotle


  • Discovering the Muslim past of the city

  • Walk in the old upper part of Thessaloniki where the Muslim part of the population used to live and visit remains of Muslim monuments.

  • Poetry session on Nazim Hikmet, who was born in Thessaloniki.



  • The Jewish Thessaloniki

  • Visit the Jewish Synagogue, Jewish museum and other sites of Jewish interest.

  • Sessions about respecting minorities and talks about how modern classrooms can help people live better respecting each other.

  • Course portfolio: Participants’ contribution



  • Reflections/Summary of the course

  • Certificates

  • Departures

*The programme is subjected to changes in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Places to visit

Active citizenship, european dimension, arts, cultural studies, ethics, philosophy, history, social science, economics, geography, intercultural education, migration,

pedagogy and didactics

Key competences
  • Civic

  • Cultural awareness and expression

  • Literacy

  • Personal, social and learning

Target audience
  • Teachers & school staff from primary and secondary level, and special needs.

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