Thessaloniki (; Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, \θesaloˈnici\:), also known as Thessalonica (English: ), Saloniki or Salonica () is the second-largest city in Greece, with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, and the capital of the geographic region of Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace It is also known in Greek as η Συμπρωτεύουσα (i Simprotévousa), literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Simvasilévousa) or "co-reigning" city of the Byzantine Empire alongside ConstantinopleThessaloniki is located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea
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