If you’re planning to get married in Thessaloniki, be sure not to go under the Arch of Galerius in your wedding dress. Better find somewhere for your wedding photos, for they say that there is a monster in the neighbourhood that has a taste for brides. Why, no one seems to know. The origins of the tale are lost in the mists of time. A disappointed bridegroom? A deceived bride? Whatever the case, better safe than sorry, don’t you think?

Photos: Kostas Papadopoulos & History Center of Thessaloniki

Urban myths, folk tales and historic events that sound more like legends make up the mosaic of Thessaloniki ’s underground stories. Their heroes lurk in the gaps in official history, for you to discover. I discovered them in the pages of My Time magazine by Exclusive Editions.