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Larissa (Greek: Λάρισα [ˈlarisa]) is the capital and largest city of the Thessaly region, the fourth-most populous in Greece according to the population

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This article is about a city in Greece. For other uses, see Larissa (disambiguation). "Larisa" redirects here. For the genus of moths, see Larisa (genus). For the Ancient city in the Troad, see Larisa (Troad). For the given name, see Larisa (given name). Place in Greece Larissa
ΛάρισαThe first ancient theatre of Larissa
SealLarissaLocation within the region Coordinates: 39°38.5′N 22°25′E / 39.6417°N 22.417°E / 39.6417; 22.417Coordinates: 39°38.5′N 22°25′E / 39.6417°N 22.417°E / 39.6417; 22.417CountryGreeceAdministrative regionThessalyRegional unitLarissaDistricts4+1Government • MayorApostolos KalogiannisArea • Municipality335.98 km2 (129.72 sq mi) • Municipal unit122.59 km2 (47.33 sq mi)Elevation67 m (220 ft)Population (2011)[1] • Municipality162,591 • Municipality density480/km2 (1,300/sq mi) • Municipal unit146,926 • Municipal unit density1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)Time zoneUTC+2 (EET) • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)Postal code41x xxArea code(s)2410 to 2417Vehicle registrationΡΙ (Ended), ΡΡ (Current use), PT (For future use)

Larissa (Greek: Λάρισα ) is the capital and largest city of the Thessaly region, the fourth-most populous in Greece according to the population results of municipal units of 2011 census and capital of the Larissa regional unit. It is a principal agricultural centre and a national transport hub, linked by road and rail with the port of Volos, the cities of Thessaloniki and Athens. Larissa, within its municipality, has 162,591 inhabitants, while the regional unit of Larissa reached a population of 284,325 (in 2011).[1] The urban area of the city, although mostly contained within the Larissa municipality, also includes the communities of Giannouli, Platykampos, Nikaia, Terpsithea and several other suburban settlements, bringing the wider urban area population of the city to about 174,012 inhabitants and extends over an area of 572.3 km2 (221.0 sq mi).

Legend has it that Achilles was born here. Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine", died here. Today, Larissa is an important commercial, agricultural and industrial centre of Greece.

  • 1 Geography
  • 2 Climate
  • 3 Mythology
  • 4 History
    • 4.1 Antiquity
      • 4.1.1 Pre-history
      • 4.1.2 Archaic Era
      • 4.1.3 Classical Era
      • 4.1.4 Hellenistic Era
      • 4.1.5 Roman Era
    • 4.2 Middle Ages and Ottoman period
    • 4.3 Modern Greek era
    • 4.4 Larissa Nowadays
  • 5 Ecclesiastical history
  • 6 Administration
    • 6.1 Districts
    • 6.2 Province
  • 7 Culture
    • 7.1 Archaeological sites
    • 7.2 Cuisine
    • 7.3 Museums
    • 7.4 Media
  • 8 Transport
  • 9 Close destinations
  • 10 Sports
  • 11 Historical population
  • 12 Notable people
    • 12.1 Ancient
    • 12.2 Modern
  • 13 International relations
    • 13.1 Twin towns — sister cities
  • 14 See also
  • 15 Notes
  • 16 External links
Geography Mount Ossa viewed from Pineios river in Larissa.

There are a number of highways including E75 and the main railway from Athens to Thessaloniki (Salonika) crossing through Thessaly. The region is directly linked to the rest of Europe through the International Airport of Central Greece located in Nea Anchialos a short distance from Larissa. Larissa lies on the river Pineios.

The municipality Larissa has an area of 335.98 km2 (129.72 sq mi), the municipal unit Larissa has an area of 122.586 km2 (47.331 sq mi), and the community Larissa has an area of 88.167 km2 (34.041 sq mi).[2]

The Larissa Chasma, a deep gash in the surface of Dione, a natural satellite of Saturn, was named after Larissa.


The climate of Larissa is mediterranean. The winter is fairly mild, and some snowstorms may occur. The summer is particularly hot, and temperatures of 40 °C (104 °F) may occur. Thunderstorms or heavy rain may cause agricultural damage. Larissa receives 450 mm (18 in) of rain per year.

Climate data for Larissa (1981–2010) Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average high °C (°F) 10.2
(50.4) 11.8
(53.2) 15.4
(59.7) 20.0
(68) 26.0
(78.8) 31.6
(88.9) 33.4
(92.1) 32.9
(91.2) 28.6
(83.5) 22.5
(72.5) 15.3
(59.5) 10.5
(50.9) 21.6
(70.9) Daily mean °C (°F) 5.4
(41.7) 6.4
(43.5) 9.5
(49.1) 13.5
(56.3) 18.8
(65.8) 23.9
(75) 26.0
(78.8) 25.5
(77.9) 21.5
(70.7) 16.5
(61.7) 10.5
(50.9) 6.4
(43.5) 15.4
(59.7) Average low °C (°F) 0.7
(33.3) 1.1
(34) 3.6
(38.5) 6.9
(44.4) 11.5
(52.7) 16.1
(61) 18.5
(65.3) 18.1
(64.6) 14.4
(57.9) 10.5
(50.9) 5.7
(42.3) 2.2
(36) 9.1
(48.4) Average rainfall mm (inches) 29.9
(1.177) 33.5
(1.319) 35.2
(1.386) 39.5
(1.555) 40.9
(1.61) 19.8
(0.78) 18.5
(0.728) 19.6
(0.772) 12.9
(0.508) 44.2
(1.74) 67.4
(2.654) 51.2
(2.016) 412.6
(16.245) Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 5 6 6 6 5 3 2 2 2 5 7 7 56 Source: meteo-climat-bzh[3] Climate data for Larisa (1961–1990) Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °C (°F) 21.8
(71.2) 25.7
(78.3) 28.4
(83.1) 33.8
(92.8) 40.0
(104) 44.7
(112.5) 45.5
(113.9) 43.0
(109.4) 41.8
(107.2) 33.7
(92.7) 29.0
(84.2) 24.9
(76.8) 45.5
(113.9) Average high °C (°F) 9.6
(49.3) 11.8
(53.2) 14.9
(58.8) 20.0
(68) 25.7
(78.3) 30.9
(87.6) 33.0
(91.4) 32.4
(90.3) 28.7
(83.7) 22.1
(71.8) 16.0
(60.8) 10.9
(51.6) 21.3
(70.3) Daily mean °C (°F) 5.1
(41.2) 6.8
(44.2) 9.5
(49.1) 14.0
(57.2) 19.6
(67.3) 24.9
(76.8) 27.1
(80.8) 26.0
(78.8) 22.0
(71.6) 16.1
(61) 10.8
(51.4) 6.3
(43.3) 15.7
(60.3) Average low °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9) 1.5
(34.7) 3.4
(38.1) 6.3
(43.3) 10.8
(51.4) 15.0
(59) 17.6
(63.7) 17.1
(62.8) 14.1
(57.4) 9.8
(49.6) 5.5
(41.9) 1.8
(35.2) 8.6
(47.5) Record low °C (°F) −21.6
(−6.9) −10.5
(13.1) −7.0
(19.4) −3.4
(25.9) 1.4
(34.5) 7.2
(45) 11.0
(51.8) 10.0
(50) 5.0
(41) −2.0
(28.4) −6.4
(20.5) −17.5
(0.5) −21.6
(−6.9) Average precipitation mm (inches) 29.7
(1.169) 34.9
(1.374) 36.3
(1.429) 28.9
(1.138) 37.1
(1.461) 23.5
(0.925) 20.3
(0.799) 15.5
(0.61) 29.4
(1.157) 47.1
(1.854) 58.2
(2.291) 52.3
(2.059) 413.2
(16.268) Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.0 5.3 3.5 2.0 1.7 2.8 5.5 6.5 6.9 56.6 Average relative humidity (%) 79.5 75.9 74.1 68.7 61.7 49.9 46.4 50.0 58.6 69.9 78.9 82.5 66.3 Mean monthly sunshine hours 104.7 117.8 157.5 213.8 266.3 307.2 337.1 320.1 247.6 171.8 126.0 101.0 2,470.9 Source: NOAA[4] Mythology

According to Greek mythology it is said that the city was founded by Acrisius, who was killed accidentally by his grandson, Perseus.[5] There lived Peleus, the hero beloved by the gods, and his son Achilles.

In mythology, the nymph Larissa was a daughter of the primordial man Pelasgus.[6]

The city of Larissa is mentioned in Book II of Iliad by Homer:

Hippothous led the tribes of Pelasgian spearsmen, who dwelt in fertile Larissa- Hippothous, and Pylaeus of the race of Mars, two sons of the Pelasgian Lethus, son of Teutamus.[7]

In this paragraph, Homer shows that the Pelasgians, Trojan allies, used to live in the city of Larissa. It is likely that this city of Larissa was different to the city that was the birthplace of Achilles. The Larissa that features as a Trojan ally in the Iliad was likely to be located in the Troad, on the other side of the Aegean Sea.

History Antiquity Silver drachma of Larissa (410-405 BC). Head of the nymph Larissa left, wearing pearl earring, her hair bound in sakkos / ΛΑΡΙΣΑ above, below (retrograde), bridled horse -symbol of the city- galloping right. Pre-history

Traces of Paleolithic human settlement have been recovered from the area, but it was peripheral to areas of advanced culture.[8] The area around Larissa was extremely fruitful; it was agriculturally important and in antiquity was known for its horses.

Archaic Era

The name Larissa (Λάρισα Lárīsa) is in origin a Pelasgian (pre-Greek) word for "fortress". There were many ancient Greek cities with this name.[9] The name of Thessalian Larissa is first recorded in connection with the aristocratic Aleuadai family.[10] It was also a polis (city-state).[11]

Classical Era

Larissa was a polis (city-state) during the Classical Era.[12] Larissa is thought to be where the famous Greek physician Hippocrates and the famous philosopher Gorgias of Leontini died.

When Larissa ceased minting the federal coins it shared with other Thessalian towns and adopted its own coinage in the late 5th century BC, it chose local types for its coins. The obverse depicted the nymph of the local spring, Larissa, for whom the town was named; probably the choice was inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse depicted a horse in various poses. The horse was an appropriate symbol of Thessaly, a land of plains, which was well known for its horses. Usually there is a male figure; he should perhaps be seen as the eponymous hero of the Thessalians, Thessalos, who is probably also to be identified on many of the earlier, federal coins of Thessaly.

The first ancient theatre of the city. It was constructed inside the ancient city's centre during the reign of King Philip V of Macedonia, towards the end of the 3rd century BC. The theatre was in use for six centuries, until the end of the 3rd century AD Ruins of the second ancient theatre

Larissa, sometimes 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 Aleuadae, whose authority extended over the whole district of Pelasgiotis. This powerful family possessed for many generations before 369 BC the privilege of furnishing the tagus, the local term for the strategos of the combined Thessalian forces. The principal rivals of the Aleuadae were the Scopadae of Crannon, the remains of which are about 14 miles south west.

Larissa was indeed the birthplace of Meno, who thus became, along with Xenophon and a few others, one of the generals leading several thousands Greeks from various places, in the ill-fated expedition of 401 (retold in Xenophon's Anabasis) meant to help Cyrus the Younger, son of Darius II, king of Persia, overthrow his elder brother Artaxerxes II and take over the throne of Persia (Meno is featured in Plato's dialogue bearing his name, in which Socrates uses the example of "the way to Larissa" to help explain Meno the difference between true opinion and science (Meno, 97a–c); this "way to Larissa" might well be on the part of Socrates an attempt to call to Meno's mind a "way home", understood as the way toward one's true and "eternal" home reached only at death, that each man is supposed to seek in his life).[13]

The constitution of the town was democratic, which explains why it sided with Athens in the Peloponnesian War. In the neighbourhood of Larissa was celebrated a festival which recalled the Roman Saturnalia, and at which the slaves were waited on by their masters. As the chief city of ancient Thessaly, Larissa was taken by the Thebans and later directly annexed by Philip II of Macedon in 344. It remained under Macedonian control afterwards, except for a brief period when Demetrius Poliorcetes captured it in 302 BC.

Hellenistic Era Roman Era

It was in Larissa that Philip V of Macedon signed in 197 BC a treaty with the Romans after his defeat at the Battle of Cynoscephalae, and it was there also that Antiochus III the Great, won a great victory in 192 BC. In 196 BC Larissa became an ally of Rome and was the headquarters of the Thessalian League.

Larissa is frequently mentioned in connection with the Roman civil wars which preceded the establishment of the Roman Empire and Pompey sought refuge there after the defeat of Pharsalus.

Middle Ages and Ottoman period Gravure of Larissa c.1820 The archaological excavations on Frourio Hill, with the Bezesten of Larissa in the background. A street in the Frourio quarter

Larissa was sacked by the Ostrogoths in the late 5th century, and rebuilt under the Byzantine emperor Justinian I.[14]

In the 8th century, the city became the metropolis of the theme of Hellas.[14] The city was captured in 986 by Tsar Samuel of Bulgaria, who carried off the relics of its patron saint, Saint Achilleios, to Prespa.[14] It was again unsuccessfully besieged by the Italo-Normans under Bohemond I in 1082/3.[14]

After the Fourth Crusade, the King of Thessalonica, Boniface of Montferrat, gave the city to Lombard barons, but they launched a rebellion in 1209 that had to be subdued by the Latin Emperor Henry of Flanders himself.[14] The city was recovered by Epirus soon after.[14]

It was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1386/87 and again in the 1390s, but only came under permanent Ottoman control in 1423, by Turahan Bey.[15] Under Ottoman rule, the city was known as Yeni-şehir i-Fenari, "new citadel". As the chief town and military base of Ottoman Thessaly, Larissa was a predominantly Muslim city.[15] During Ottoman rule the administration of the Metropolis of Larissa was transferred to nearby Trikala where it remained until 1734, when Metropolitan Iakovos II returned the see from Trikala to Larisa and established the present-day metropolis of Larissa and Tyrnavos.

The town was noted for its trade fair in the 17th and 18th centuries, while the seat of the pasha of Thessaly was also transferred there in 1770.[15] The city remained in Ottoman hands until Thessaly became part of the independent Kingdom of Greece in 1881, except for a period where Ottoman forces re-occupied it during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897.[15]

In the 19th century, there was a small village in the outskirts of town very unusually inhabited by Africans from Sudan, a curious remnant of the forces collected by Ali Pasha. In the 19th century, the town produced leather, cotton, silk and tobacco. Fevers and agues were prevalent owing to bad drainage and the overflowing of the river; and the death rate was higher than the birth rate.[dubious – discuss] It was also renowned for the minarets of its mosques (four of which were still in use in the early part of the 20th century) and the Muslim burial grounds.[citation needed]

Modern Greek era Old postcard of the city, early 20th century

Larissa was the headquarters of Hursid Pasha during the Greek War of Independence. In 1881, the city, along with the rest of Thessaly, was incorporated into the Kingdom of Greece. A considerable portion of the Turkish population emigrated into the Ottoman Empire at that point. During the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, the city was the headquarters of Greek Crown Prince Constantine. The flight of the Greek army from here to Farsala took place on April 23, 1897. Turkish troops entered the city two days later. After a treaty for peace was signed, they withdrew and Larissa remained permanently in Greece. This was followed by a further exodus of Turks in 1898.

During the Axis Occupation of the country, the Jewish community of the city (dated back to 2nd BC, see Romaniotes) suffered heavy losses. Today in the city there is a Holocaust memorial and a synagogue.

Larissa Nowadays Pineios river with the church of St. Achillios, patron saint of the city, in the background.

Today Larissa is the fourth largest Greek city with many squares, taverns and cafes. It has three public hospitals with one being military hospital. It hosts the Hellenic Air Force Headquarters and NATO Headquarters in Greece. It has a School of Medicine and the School of Biochemistry – Biotechnology the third largest in the country Institute of Technology. It occupies the first place among Greek cities into green coverage rate per square-metre urban space. It also has two public libraries and three museums.[16]

Ecclesiastical history

Christianity penetrated early to Larissa, though its first bishop is recorded only in 325 at the Council of Nicaea. St. Achillius of the 4th century, is celebrated for his miracles. Le Quien[17] cites twenty-nine bishops from the fourth to the 18th centuries; the most famous is Jeremias II, who occupied the see until 733, when the Emperor Leo III the Isaurian transferred it from the jurisdiction of the Pope of Rome to the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the first years of the 10th century it had ten suffragan sees;[18] subsequently the number increased and about the year 1175 under the Emperor Manuel I Comnenus, it reached twenty-eight.[19] At the close of the 15th century, under the Turkish domination, there were only ten suffragan sees,[20] which gradually grew less and finally disappeared.

Larissa is an Orthodox Metropolis of the Church of Greece. It was briefly a Latin archbishopric in the early 13th century, and remains a Latin Metropolitan (top-ranking) titular see of the Roman Catholic Church, which must not be confused with the Latin episcopal (low-ranking) titular see Larissa in Syria.

Holocaust memorial Inside the Jewish synagogue of Larissa. Administration

The municipality Larissa was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[21]

  • Giannouli
  • Koilada
  • Larissa

The municipal unit of Larissa is divided into four city-districts or municipal communities (29 city areas) plus 2 suburban communities (Amphithea and Koulourion). The municipality includes also the Community of Terpsithèa (with the suburban community of Argyssa).

1st Municipal District (pop. 26,035)

  1. Papastàvrou
  2. Saint Athanàsios
  3. Alkazàr
  4. Hippocrates-Pèra
  5. Potamòpolis
  6. Philippòpolis
  7. Livadàki
  8. Saint Thomas
  9. Saint Paraskevi-Mezourlo
  10. Neàpolis

2nd Municipal District (pop. 41,816)

  1. Saint Achellios
  2. Saint Nikòlaos
  3. Ambelòkipoi
  4. Saints Sarànta
  5. Saint Konstantinos
  6. Stathmòs

3rd Municipal District (pop. 30,121)

  1. Lachanòkipoi
  2. Nèa Smyrne-Kamynia
  3. Kalyvia-Saint Marina
  4. Saint Geòrgios
  5. Anatoli
  6. Koulouri
  7. Amphithèa

4th Municipal District (pop. 26,814)

  1. Charavgi-Toumba-OKE
  2. Pyrovolikà-Pharos
  3. Avèrof-Sèkfo
  4. Nèa Politia
  5. Epiròtika
  6. Anthoupolis
  7. Neràida
  8. Kàmpos

Community of Terpsithèa (pop. 1,290)

  1. Terpsithèa
  2. Argyssa

From 1 January 2011, in accordance with the Kallikratis Plan (new administrative division of Greece), the new municipality of Larissa includes also the former municipalities of Giannouli and Koilada.


The province of Larissa (Greek: Επαρχία Λάρισας) was one of the provinces of the Larissa Prefecture. Its territory corresponded with that of the current municipalities Larissa (except the municipal unit Giannouli) and Tempi (except the municipal units Gonnoi and Kato Olympos).[22] It was abolished in 2006.

Culture Alcazar park. The Thessalian theatre.
  • Municipal Odeon of Larissa
  • Mylos of Pappa Theatre
  • Thessalian Theatre – Municipal Theatre of Larissa
Archaeological sites
  • Frourio Hill
    • First Ancient Theatre
    • Basilica of St. Achillios
    • Bezesten of Larissa
  • Second Ancient Theatre
  • Funerary monument of Hippocrates
  • Yeni Mosque
Cuisine Old Pappas Mills

Local specialities:

  • Batzina
  • Kelaidi (Κελαηδί)
  • Kreatopita
  • Loukanikopita
  • Melintzanopita
  • Tyropita
  • Diachronic Museum of Larissa[23]
  • Municipal Gallery of Larissa – G.I. Katsigras Museum[24]
  • Folklore and Historical Museum of Larissa[25]
  • Military Veterinary Museum of Larissa
  • Museum of the Folklore Society of Larissa
  • TV: Thessalian Radio Television (TRT), Astra TV
  • Press: Eleftheria (newspaper)

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

  • Larissa's Urban Bus System
  • Larissa's Interurban System
  • Larissa Central Railway Station Station at 39°37′46″N 22°25′22.2″E / 39.62944°N 22.422833°E / 39.62944; 22.422833 (Larissa Central Railway Station)
  • Mezourlo Freight Railway station at 39°37′08″N 22°24′30″E / 39.61889°N 22.40833°E / 39.61889; 22.40833 (Mezourlo Freight Railway station)
  • Larissa Airport
  • Larissa Tram (planned)
Close destinations

The city is in close proximity of many interesting destinations in the region (Mount Olympus, Mount Kissavos, Meteora, Lake Plastira, Pilio, etc.) suitable for daily trips.

Sports Alcazar Stadium AEL FC Arena

The local football club AEL 1964 FC currently participates in Superleague Greece. The team became Greek champion in 1988 and won the Greek Cup in 1985 and 2007. These titles place AEL among the five most important football clubs in Greece. AEL hosts its home games in the newbuild AEL FC Arena since November 2010, a UEFA 3-star-rated football ground. Other important sport venues are the National Sport Center of Larissa (EAK Larissas), which includes the Alcazar Stadium and the Neapoli Indoor Hall.

The National Sports Center of Larissa can accommodate a number of sports and events (football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, boxing, martial arts, handball, water polo, etc.), while the Sports Hall has hosted important athletic events (the World Youth Championship, the Women's Euroleague Final Four, the Greek Cup Final Four, martial arts events, et.c.) and it is also used for cultural events, such as dance festivals.

Notable sport clubs based in Larissa Club Sports Founded Achievements Gymnastikos S. Larissas Basketball 1928 Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki Apollon Larissa Football 1930 Earlier presence in Gamma Ethniki AEL Larissa Football 1964 Winner of Greek Championship and Greek Cup Basketball 2006 Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki EA Larissa Volleyball 1968 Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki Olympia Larissa Basketball 1979 Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki Filathlitikos Larissaikos Volleyball 1990 Presence in A1 Ethniki women Historical population Year Municipal Unit Municipality 1991 118,090 129,429 2001 131,095 145,981 2011 144,651 162,591 Notable people A statue of Hippocrates in Larisa Theoklitos Farmakidis Ancient
  • Achilles (mythology)
  • Achillius of Larissa (270–330), patron saint of the city
  • Hippokrates of Kos (460 BC–370 BC), physician, worked and died in Larissa
  • Larissa, mythological nymph from Thessaly
  • Medius (4th century BC), friend of Alexander the Great
  • Philinna (4th century BC), dancer, mother of Philip III Arrhidaeus
  • Philo (1st century BC), philosopher
  • Giorgakis Olympios (1772–1821), armatolos
  • Konstantinos Koumas (1777-1836), scholar
  • Theoklitos Farmakidis (1784–1860), scholar, figure of the Modern Greek Enlightenment
  • Moshe Pesach (1869-1955), rabbi
  • Achilleas Tzartzanos (1873–1946), linguist, philologist
  • George Seremetis (1879–1950), lawyer, mayor of Thessaloniki
  • Sotiris Skipis (1881–1952), poet
  • Agenor Asteriades (1898-1977), painter
  • M. Karagatsis (1908–1960), novelist, journalist
  • Eleni Zafeiriou (1916–2004), actress
  • Antonis Vratsanos (1919–2008), resistance figure during WWII
  • Takis Tloupas (1920–2003), photographer
  • Kostas Gousgounis (1931–), porn actor
  • Athena Tacha (1936–), artist
  • Giannis Totsikas (1936-2018), actor
  • Georgios Souflias (1941–), politician
  • Petros Efthimiou (1950–), politician
  • Konstantinos Tzanakoulis (1950–), politician
  • Lakis Lazopoulos (1956–), actor, comedian, script author & director
  • Thanasis Papakonstantinou (1959–), poet, songwriter, singer, musician
  • Kosmas Stratos (1959–), 100m sprinter
  • Georgios Mitsibonas (1962–1997), footballer
  • Vassilis Karapialis (1965–), footballer
  • Ekaterini Voggoli (1970–), discus thrower
  • Dimitris Andrikopoulos (1971–), composer
  • Alexis Georgoulis (1974–), actor
  • Yannis Goumas (1975–), footballer
  • Dimosthenis Dikoudis (1977–), basketball player
  • Nestoras Kommatos (1977–), basketball player
  • Fani Halkia (1979–), hurdler
  • Dimitris Spanoulis (1979–), basketball player
  • Theofanis Gekas (1980–), footballer
  • Vangelis Moras (1981–), footballer
  • Vassilis Spanoulis (1982–), basketball player
  • Giorgos Tsiaras (1982–), basketball player
  • Kostas Chalkias (1974–), footballer
  • Konstantinos Nebegleras (1975-), footballer
  • Thanasis Deligiannis (1983–), composer
  • Apostolis Totsikas (1983–), actor
  • Vasilios Koutsianikoulis (1988–), footballer
International relations See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Greece Twin towns — sister cities

Larissa is twinned with:

  • Bălţi, Moldova
  • Banská Bystrica, Slovakia (since 1988)[26]
  • Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  • Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
  • Rybnik, Poland, (since 2003)[26][27]
  • İznik, Turkey (since 2000)[26]
  • Ürgüp, Turkey (since 1996)[26]
  • Denizli, Turkey
  • Serres, Greece
See also
  • CERETETH, Center of Technology Thessaly
  • 2013 Mediterranean Games Larissa-Volos
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  5. ^ Stephanus Byzantius, s.v.
  6. ^ Pausanias, 2.24.1
  7. ^ Hippothous led the tribes of Pelasgian spearsmen, who dwelt in fertile Larissa- Hippothous, and Pylaeus of the race of Mars, two sons of the Pelasgian Lethus, son of Teutamus.
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  10. ^ "The city and the plain around it were settled in prehistoric times, and its name must be early, but it is first mentioned in connection with the(Richard Stillwell, William L. MacDonald, Marian Holland McAllister, eds., The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (Princeton University Press) 1976, 's.v. "Larissa, or Larisa, or Pelasgis, Thessaly").
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  24. ^ Municipal Gallery of Larissa
  25. ^ Folklore and Historical Museum of Larissa
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Popular Bath Bath Rug, Larissa Collection, 21" x 12", Rose Design
Popular Bath Bath Rug, Larissa Collection, 21" x 12", Rose Design
Larisa is a full 72x72 inch shower curtain and coordinated with hooks and accessories sold separately. The coordinate comes in a Rose story. The coordinate includes a shower curtain, shower hooks, wastebasket, tissue, Tumbler, soap dish, toothbrush, lotion pump, 3 pc towel set, bath rug and contour tug

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Hawkyn: A Demonica Underworld Novella
Hawkyn: A Demonica Underworld Novella
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione comes a new story in her Demonica Underworld series… As a special class of earthbound guardian angel called Memitim, Hawkyn is charged with protecting those whose lives are woven into the fabric of the future. His success is legendary, so when he’s given a serial killer to watch over, he sees no reason for that to change. But Hawkyn’s own future is jeopardized after he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful woman from the killer’s clutches, setting off an explosive, demonic game of cat and mouse that pits brother against brother and that won’t end until someone dies.Aurora Mercer is the half-wytch lone survivor of a psychopath who gets off on the sadistic torture of his victims. A psychopath whose obsessive psyche won’t let him move on until he kills her. Now she’s marked for death, her fate tied to that of a murderer…and to a sexy angel who makes her blood burn with desire…**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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NC-17: A Maizie Albright Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy Mystery (Maizie Albright Star Detective Book 3)
NC-17: A Maizie Albright Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy Mystery (Maizie Albright Star Detective Book 3)
A missing Youtube star. A bank heist gone wrong. A mysterious health retreat for celebrities. Too many ex-fiancés. A growing body count. Oh…and possibly Bigfoot. Just another week in the life of Maizie Albright, Star Detective.From The Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart, the third book in the "sassy, sexy, and fun" Maizie Albright Star Detective series.“Larissa writes a delightful book. Suspense, romance, and some funny situations. Maizie’s a teen star grown up to new possibilities.” — Sharon Salituro, Fresh Fiction#StillDetectiveing As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the teen Youtube stars of Bigfoot Trackers who want to hire her to look into the disappearance and possible murder of their producer. A murder the police find as likely as Bigfoot.Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat where their missing person was last seen. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission. Wait, not man of her dreams. Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.While Maizie’s looking for a missing Youtube star, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life. Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, humorous women’s fiction, chick lit, former child stars, romantic comedies, and small town humorBooks in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series:15 MINUTES (#1)16 MILLIMETERS (#2)A VIEW TO A CHILL (#3)NC-17 (#4)Other mystery series by Larissa Reinhart:A Cherry Tucker Mystery seriesA Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series

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Dining with Angels: Bits & Bites from the Demonica Universe
Dining with Angels: Bits & Bites from the Demonica Universe
In a world where humans and supernatural beings coexist — not always peacefully — three things can bring everyone to the table: Love, a mutual enemy, and, of course, food.With seven brand new stories from the Demonica universe, New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione has the love and enemies covered, while celebrity Southern food expert Suzanne Johnson brings delicious food to the party.And who doesn’t love a party? (Harvester rolls her eyes and raises her hand, but we know she’s lying.)Join Ares and Cara as they celebrate a new addition to their family. See what Reaver and Harvester are doing to “spice” things up. Find out what trouble Reseph might have gotten himself into with Jillian. You’ll love reading about the further adventures of Wraith and Serena, Declan and Suzanne, and Shade and Runa, and you’re not going to want to miss the sit down with Eidolon and Tayla.So pour a glass of the Grim Reaper’s finest wine and settle in for slices of life from your favorite characters and the recipes that bring them together. Whether you’re dining with angels, drinking with demons, or hanging with humans, you’ll find the perfect heavenly bits and sinful bites to suit the occasion. Happy reading and happy eating!

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Blondo Women's Larissa Knee High Boot, Black Suede, 8.5 M US
Blondo Women's Larissa Knee High Boot, Black Suede, 8.5 M US
Made from soft suede, this stylish wedge boot features a rubber sole for enhanced traction. Feel fashionable on rainy days thanks to these waterproof wedge boot

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Jojospring Larissa Black Wood Industrial Square 2-Light Flush-Mount Fixture
Jojospring Larissa Black Wood Industrial Square 2-Light Flush-Mount Fixture
Generate a minimalist, industrial-inspired atmosphere in your home with this simple flush-mount light. This two-light fixture's antique black frame allows the bulbs to shed clear light, giving your decor a bright and sophisticated look. [assembly required]

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Larissa - Custom Name Gift Chic Rose Gold Pattern - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
Larissa - Custom Name Gift Chic Rose Gold Pattern - PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
Grab this chic rose gold PopSockets grip with your name Larissa - you will love it. This grip with Larissa in your life and is a suitable present for Birthday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, Valentines Day, Mothers Day or any other occasion too. Get it now - you and your family, the presentee will love it! Under our brand, you will find a lot more PopSockets grips, available in a broad range of styles.

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Eternal Rider (Demonica series Book 6)
Eternal Rider (Demonica series Book 6)
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him. Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

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A View to a Chill: A Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright Interconnected Mystery (Maizie Albright Star Detective Book 4)
A View to a Chill: A Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright Interconnected Mystery (Maizie Albright Star Detective Book 4)
"Chaos, Criminals, Catastrophic Weather, and a Whole Lot of Crazy.” From Wall Street Journal bestselling mystery author, Larissa Reinhart. The seventh in the award-winning Cherry Tucker Southern Cozy Mystery series and the third in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series.“It was fun watching Maize and Cherry do what they do best, helping each other, indirectly, along the way in this engagingly entertaining drama. I look forward to more adventures together or separately with these lovable characters.” —Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musing May Your Days Be Cherry & Albright…When Halo's most notorious artist, Cherry Tucker, thinks she sees a crime through her bedroom window, her feverish claims are ignored by her family. Trapped in bed, influenza is the least of her problems. Deputy Luke Harper can't be found. She can’t tell fevered dream from reality. And a very bad Santa knows Cherry’s spotted his Christmas killing. It's going to take a Christmas miracle for Cherry to recover.Meanwhile, ex-celebrity and #WannabeDetective Maizie Albright’s determined to help an elderly woman find her missing granddaughter despite her private investigator boss (and not-so-secret crush) Wyatt Nash’s claims that the grandmother’s annual plea is nothing but a dangerously wild goose chase. This holiday, Maizie’s search takes her away from her family and Nash to Halo, Georgia, where a storm threatens her nerves and her quest. When a deviant Santa learns Maizie’s looking for the granddaughter, he put Maizie on his naughty list. This Santa may get his holly jollies from murder.“If you love southern settings with plenty of sweet tea and eccentric characters, the meetup of these two heroines is epic. Not only did I race through the pages, but I immediately headed over to Amazon to download the first book in the series.” — Barb Taub, humor writer and author of the Null City series“I love the characters Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright and this mystery brings the two of them together in the same book. Everything I love about both series is here. If you've read either of the two series, I highly recommend this one.” — Michelle, Michelle’s Romantic Tangle"A quick read, but it has laughs and reflections on life and the holidays. Well-written. Although pulling the main characters from two series, this is easily read as a stand-alone mystery. Enjoyed it.” — Christa Nardi — Christa Reads and WritesFirst published in The 12 Slays of Christmas Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, small-town humor, Southern humor, comic (humorous) crime and mystery, Christmas, mystery novella, short story (single author), novella, small town and rural.Books in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series:QUICK SKETCH (novella in HEARTACHE MOTEL)PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE (#5)THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (novella)A COMPOSITION IN MURDER (#6)A VIEW TO A CHILL (#7)Books in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series:15 MINUTES

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