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Lamia - Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida
"The Byzantine museum of Fthiotida prefecture opened its doors in 2007 and presents all important findings from the By..." read more »
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Lamia - Lamia Squares Lamia Squares
Parkou Square, Laou Square, Eleftherias Square, Diakos Square
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Lamia - Castle & Archaeological Museum of Lamia Castle & Archaeological Museum of Lamia
"It is on the highest point of the city, on a rocky hill, with panoramic view to all prefecture of Fthiotida. It is a ..." read more »
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Lamia - Bridge of Gorgopotamos Bridge of Gorgopotamos
"Historically was the most important moment of the war against Axis. Soldiers of ΕΛΑΣ (ELAS) and ΕΔΕΣ (EDES), with the..." read more »
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Lamia - Kakogianeio Asteroscholeio Ipatis Kakogianeio Asteroscholeio Ipatis
Kakogianneio planetarium of Ipati
"It opened its doors in the end of 2010 and it is close to the village Ipati, 20 kilometres away from Lamia. The idea ..." read more »
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Lamia - Hill of St Luke Hill of St Luke
"The hill of Agios Loukas is a green hill of Lamia, right above Diakos square and the access is very easy. The visitor..." read more »
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Lamia - Thermopyles Thermopyles
"Thermopyles battle is probably one of the most famous battles of ancient Greeks against the Persian empire which took..." read more »
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Lamia - Alamana Alamana
"Alamana is a bridge of Spercheios and is known for the battle that happened there on April 1821. When Greeks started ..." read more »
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Lamia - Tavernas in Lamia Tavernas in Lamia
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Lamia - Agathonas Monastery & Natural History Museum of Oiti Agathonas Monastery & Natural History Museum of Oiti
"Agathonos monastery is 7 kilometres away from Ipati village, next to the National Forest of Oiti, at an altitude of 5..." read more »
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Population: 64.716
Description: Capital city of Fthiotida and an important town of central Greece which hosts more than 50,000 residents. The town was founded in ancient times and was being built at a strategic geographical location and close to the world famous historical sites of Thermopylae, Alamana and Gorgopotamos, etc. Archaeological research conducted in the region, has revealed settlements from the Middle and Late Neolithic era, demonstrating the existence of life in the valley of river Sperchios from 5th millennium BC. With the invasion of hindu-european tribes in 2000 BC there was the creation of Fthia, which is mentioned by Homer as a city and home to mythical Achilles, who was its king. In 480 BC it took place the famous "Battle of Thermopylae" between the Greek cities and the Persian Imperial Army as depicted in the motion picture "300”. During the Byzantine era the region is mentioned to many scripts, most notably on the report of 551AD where it is said that way wiped out by an earthquake, both the city and the surrounding area. In 995AD was the "Battle of Sperchios" where the army general Nikephoros Ouranos and the Emperor Vasilios II Voulgaroktonos, crushed the armies of Bulgarians. During Ottoman rule, the city was known as "Zitouni" and served as army base. In the revolution of 1821, the city and surrounding area played a very important role, the main protagonist Athanasios Diakos who led the Greeks to fight at "Alamana" on April 22, 1821. The 1,500 men of Diakos defeated by the army of Omer Vryonis which numbered about 8,000 troops. Eventually the area was officially liberated from Ottoman occupation on 28 March 1833 and the town was renamed Lamia and was the northern border of newly established Greek state. Since then, there was no other report on the area until 24 November 1942, which was the blowing of Gorgopotamos bridge, one of the greatest acts of sabotage of the Second World War against nazi occupation. Today it is a dynamically developing urban center, with more than 100,000 people moving daily in and out of the town and with many neoclassical buildings in the center to remind the glorious past.

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