It's a sign of Salonika's rich Turkish past that Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk), the man who created the modern Turkish state and was its first president, was born here in 1881. You can get permission to visit Ataturk's modest birthplace by applying at the Turkish consulate at 151 Ayiou Dimitriou. Greece gave the house to the Turkish government as a gesture of goodwill in 1933; often a Turkish official will show you through the house, which has been restored and furnished to reflect the way it must have been at Atatürk's birth. An English-language booklet (with photos) explains many of the photos and documents on view. Allow an hour here for the tour.