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Larissa

Country
Greece
State
Thessaly
City
Larissa
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Volos airport (VOL) is situated in (Nea Anchialos), 75 km SW from the city.Air Berlin operate every Monday and every Friday from May to October (Flights to/from Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Vienna).Ryanair operates flights from April to October to/from Hahn (Frankfurt), Bergamo (Milan), Rome and Charleroi (Brussels) airport.Belle Air operate to/from Tirana.Lauda Air operate to/from Vienna.Transavia operate to/from Amsterdam.

By Train

Trains (OSE) connect Larisa to other cities in Greece.Travelling with ordinary trains can be cheaper, although a little bit slower, whereas choosing a fancy faster Intercity train will cost the same amount of money, or even more than a KTEL bus.

By Bus

There is an efficient public transport system going around the city, detailed info in the regional bus terminal (called "Astiko KTEL").

By Road

Larissa sits in the middle of the plain of Thessaly, with connections to Motorway A1 and national roads EO3 and EO6.

By Taxi

Taxi in Larisa, as everywhere in Greece are comparably cheap.You should not pay more than € 4 if you hail a cab (silver colour) on the road to take you anywhere in the city.Note that taxi meters have two rates - rate 1 applies from 5am till midnight, and rate 2, the double rate, from midnight to 5am. Taxi fare fraud is not widespread but it still happens, so make sure the rate is correct.If you feel you have been overcharged, ask for a receipt (they are obliged to give one) and take the plate number, then phone the tourist police to report the driver on 171.Expect to pay € 1 or € 2 extra if you take a taxi from the bus station or the train station, and a surcharge if you call for a taxi service on demand.

Key places to visit
Mount Ossa, Ancient Greek theater, Museum Katsigra, Bairakli Mosque, Hill Fortress, Basilica of St. Achilles, Alcazar Park


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Places to Visit

Mount Ossa

Is a mountain in the Larissa prefecture, in Thessaly, Greece.It is located between Pelion to the south and Olympus to the north, separated from the latter by the Vale of Tempe, with its height at 1,978 metres (6,490 ft).In Greek mythology, the Aloadaes are said to have attempted to pile it upon Mount Pelion, in their attempt to scale Olympus.

Ancient Greek theater

This is the second ancient theater of Larissa, which was used during the Roman period.They have survived two rows of marble seats, the orchestra and a large part of the scene.The monument came to light in excavations conducted in 1985 and 1986.The site is fenced and visited with the agreement of 15 Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.

Museum Katsigra

Today the Gallery is housed in new modern building in the neighborhood of Naples.The selection of the architectural solution occurred after National Architectural Competition, 1984.The building was constructed in 1991 and ended in 2003 when it was inaugurated by the former President of the Republic Mr. Stephanopoulos.The building works with the most modern standards and organized based on modern museological, museographical studies and procurement of appropriate equipment.The first floor includes: Katsigra Museum, an exhibition area (1000 m2), rest rooms, outdoor exhibitions.The basement includes: laboratory maintenance and storage of tables, general stores, photo lab, heating, rooms for the guards-security.

Bairakli Mosque

Just below the Great Ottoman bath and crossing a large part of non-pedestrian track Venizelou street, at the height of the road we meet Papaflessa Bairakli Mosque (mosque) located in the center of the market, at the junction of Papaflessa and Ossis.So named because it is said that the imam of the mosque that just raising a flag, giving signal to the other imams in the region to call the faithful to prayer (in Turkish means bairak flag).From Bairakli Mosque still remain the two walls of the central area, which have a nice cloisonne masonry as Bezesteni, which date back to the same period (15th - early 16th century.).

Hill Fortress

Starting from Central Square and ascending the hill of the fortress, through the numerous walks, visits the switch will meet a group of Christian monuments, mainly Byzantine and Ottoman period that emerged in recent years.In particular,the square Lamproulis have saved parts of the covered market of the 15th century.Of Christian baths sixth century.,The early Christian basilica of St. Achilles and the royal mainly Byzantine period 11th-12th century. AD, with burial in the same period.

Basilica of St. Achilles

This three-aisled basilica dedicated to St. Achillion, according to inscriptions.Built in the 6th century on the tomb of the saint. Maintained at the foundation and is decorated with mosaics in the narthex. The tomb of St can be identified with the vaulted tomb in the northern aisle, marked with crosses painted decoration.The temple was repaired in the Middle Byzantine period as an Episcopal church in the city and part of it was used as a cemetery.In the surrounding area excavated several outbuildings of the church, since it is known that the royal surrounded by houses, warehouses, baths, charities. In the late 15th century when the Ottomans built the Bezesteni north of the church, donated to other Christian place of worship and so the church moved west.

Alcazar Park

After the central bridge of Penaeus Bridge Pinios Nymphs, on the northwest edge of town, you can enjoy the most beautiful corner of the park of Alcazar.A beautiful and lush urban park, recreation with many trees, flowers, outdoors sports and recreation, an outdoor theater with a capacity 2,500 persons, the famous Garden Theatre during the summer months hosts various theatrical performances and musical events.Over the river there have been pedestrian bridges linking the two banks of Penaeus, bike paths, benches, nice lighting and the Monument of National Resistance, a wonderful work of sculptor Larissa Filolaou Tloupas.Centrally located in the park has created an artificial lake with footbridges, while the banks have shaped rock gardens, trellises and lounge offering a pleasant stay to its visitors.

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