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Full of life and energy, Larisa, one of the largest cities in Greece and capital of the Thessalian plain, is a modern and full of history metropolis composing an interesting mosaic for the visitor. The most impressive testimony of Larisa’s 3000 years of history is Ancient Theatre I, located in the heart of the city. This splendid monument, which was dedicated to god Dionysus, dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Nearby, there is Ancient Theatre II, dating back to the Roman times. Further to the North, at Fortress Hill, there are the remains of the basilica of Agios Achilleios (6th century A.D.) and Bezesteni, the most significant Ottoman monument surviving in Larisa since the 15th century. For almost 100 years, Alkazar Park, with its amazing greenspace running alongside Pineios river, cools down hot summer temperatures. The park consists of a cafeteria, mini-golf, open-air theatre, a bike-lane, an artificial lake, footbridges and park benches, altogether creating an environment ideal for relaxation, activities and well-being.
At the right side of the park, there is an extremely important place. This is the place where the tomb of Hippocrates was discovered. On this exact spot, a monument has been raised to commemorate the father of medicine and within its grounds, a Museum of Medicine operates. East from the city-center, two landmark monuments are located, the Geni Mosque and the
Mill of Pasha. The most up-to-date milling industry in Thessaly at the time, it operated from 1893 up until 1983. Today, the city’s most important industrial heritage has turned into a cultural center hosting a variety of events and activities. The Diachronic Museum of Larisa, situated in the south and built within 54 acres, is the city’s new cultural gem narrating the past of Thessaly.
Larisa is a city that favors good life. With over 1.500 coffee-shops, restaurants, tsipouro-taverns and bars, it definitely offers excitement! In the strong gastronomic tradition of the region, first come barbequed meat and cheese varieties. The Post-office and Fortress Squares, with the latter being the coolest spot of the city, are popular among visitors during summertime. If you are a tsipouro-lover, you may visit Tyrnavos, just 20min away, and enjoy some of the finest kinds of tsipouro in Greece. The shopping center of Larisa with its wide pedestrian area will make your shopping experience enjoyable. Larisa, which is 40km away from Elassona, is close to beautiful organized beaches like Agiokampos, Sotiritsa, Velika, Koutsoupia, Kokkino Nero, Stomio, Mesagala and Kastri Loutro. Christmas is one of the beast seasons to visit Larisa. The “Park of Wishes” within the grounds of Alkazar promises great entertainment for children of all ages!
Church of Agios Achillios | Larissa
Bezesteni of Larissa
Bridge of Pinios | Larisa
Central Square of Larissa