7th High School of Larissa
Larissa - our town


   LARISSA the most important town of Thessaly, situated in a rich agricultural district on the right bank of the Salambria (Peneios, Peneus, Peneius), about 35 m. N.W. of Volo, with which it is connected by rail.

    A major commercial and industrial centre, Larissa sits in the middle of the plain of Thessaly, a few kilometres of the Athens-Thessaloniki National Road. Tradition has it that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, died here. Worth seeing are the mediaeval fortress, Alcazar Park and the ancient theatre. Not to be missed are the Archaeological Museum with its rich exhibits of palaeolithic and archaic artifacts and the Art Gallery, with its admirable collection of fine paintings.

    The Pinios River flowing through the town and the old mansions with their spacious courtyards and luxuriant gardens give Larissa a charm all its own.

    Other places worth seeing in the Prefecture of Larissa are the enchanting emerald valley of Agia, idyllic Stomio with its bottomless springs and Agiokambos and its enormous beach. The latter two localities are ideal summer holiday spots.

     According to archaeological evidence, the capital of Thessaly lies atop a site that has been inhabited since the tenth millennium before Christ.

    Larissa, written Larisa on ancient coins and inscriptions, is near the site of the Homeric Argissa. It appears in early times, when Thessaly was mainly governed by a few aristocratic families, as an important city under the rule of the Alevadae, whose authority extended over the whole district of Pelasgiotis. This powerful family possessed for many generations before 369 B.C. the privilege of furnishing the Tagus, or generalissimo, of the combined Thessalian forces.

    The principal-rivals of the Alevadae were the Scopadae of Crannon, the remains of which (called by the Turks Old Larissa) are about 14 m. to the SW. The inhabitants sided with Athens during the Peloponnesian War, and during the Roman invasion their city was of considerable importance. Since the 5th.century it has been the scat of an archbishop, who has now fifteen suifragans. Larissa was the headquarters of Ali Pasha during the Greek War of Independence, and of the crown prince Constantine during the Greco-Turkish War; the flight of the Greek army from this place to Pharsala took place on the 23rd of April 1897. A few traces of the ancient acropolis and theatre are still visible.



Archaeological Museum

Ancient theatre


Ethnographical Museum

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