Lamia

Close to the legendary battlefield of the 300 Spartans, Lamia and its broader region are home to many historical monuments from all historical eras.

Lamia Attractions

Memorial of Leonidas and Sparta 300, Thermopylae

Modern monument of the famous battle of the 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians. "Go tell the Spartans, passerby, that here by Spartan law, we lie."

A photo of the Bridge of Gorgopotamos on cement pillars, except one pillar made of steel.
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Gorgopotamos Bridge

During WWII, rival resistance groups cooperated to take this bridge down and delay Nazi reinforcements to Africa. It's a monument of national unity.

Agiou Louka Hill & Church

Area close to Lamia center in the woods. It was named after a 1910 chapel located here. Ideal place for chilling, jogging, and walking.

A close up picture of a part of the walls of the Castle of Lamia.
photo: Pedro / CC BY 2.0

Lamia Castle (Acropolis)

The acropolis fortification has been used throughout centuries - from the ancient times until the Second World War. It has nice vistas and walks.

Athanasios Diakos Monument, Alamana

A battle memorial dedicated to the great hero of the Greek War of Independence who battled here against an Egyptian regiment serving the Ottoman Sultan.

The hill of the Acropolis of Ypati covered by dense vegetation during a cloud-free day.
distant ≈ 23.8km

Acropolis (Medieval Castle) of Ypati Phthiotis

Even if today there are only a few remains of the castle, the reason why they built it there is clear. The view from up there is breathtaking.

An overview of the Parkou Square in Lamia with the acropolis and the castle of the city in the background.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0

Parkou Square

The largest among the four central squares of Lamia is an ideal place for a coffee or refreshment break for locals and visitors.

An overview of Eleftherias Square in Lamia that includes the Cathedral of the city.
photo: Μιχαήλ Νικολάου

Eleftherias Square

Eleftherias Square can actually be described as the large yard of the city cathedral that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Lamia Things to Do

A distant photo of Agathonos Monastery that is surrounded by the lush forest vegetation.
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distant ≈ 28.2km

Agathonos Monastery

This monastery, very interestingly, hosts a Natural History Museum, peacock kennels, and a wild animal refuge that gathers deer and other animals.

Thermopylae Natural Hot Springs - Waterfall

Unexploited open-air treasure that misses infrastructure, but is definitely worth visiting.

A close up photo of a dish that includes tzatziki, gyros meat and french fries.
photo: Public Domain

Lamia Traditional Greek Restaurants

Lamia is famous for its gastronomic tradition and in particular barbeques. Here you will enjoy superb roasted meats of all kinds.

Lamia Museums

«Thermopylae Βattle» Information Centre

Depicting the Thermopylae Battle historical events, through 3D projections and other modern means.

The the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Lamia among trees and green vegetation.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0

Archaeological Museum of Lamia

It is housed in the building on the top of the Lamia Acropolis that served as a military shelter and dates from the period of King Otto.

Mummified wolf and badger in a display of Oiti Natural History Museum.
distant ≈ 28.3km

Oiti Natural History Museum

20 kilometers from Oiti National Park, hosted in Agathonos Monastery, is located the museum that informs about this gorgeous protected area.

The front side and the main entrance of the stone-built Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida in Ypati.
distant ≈ 24.2km

Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida, Ypati

On the first floor of this museum, there are items from the Paleochristianic period, and on the second artifacts from the Byzantine times.

Questions & Answers about Lamia

Why Visit Lamia?
  • In the middle of the distance on a trip from the central to the northern mainland.
  • Close to historical battle points like Thermopylae, Alamana, Gorgopotamos.
  • A modern city that respects tradition, and famous for the nice food.
What is Lamia, Greece?

The capital of the county of Fthiotida and an important town of central Greece which hosts more than 50,000 inhabitans. Today it is a dynamically developing urban center, with many neoclassical buildings in the center to remind the glorious past. 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.

What is the history of Lamia?

Archaeological research revealed settlements from the Middle and Late Neolithic era, demonstrating life existence in the Sperchios river valley since the 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 the city and home of the mythical Achilles, who was its king. In 480 BC, the famous "Battle of Thermopylae" with the famous Leonidas and 300 Spartans took place. It was between the Greek cities and the Persian Imperial Army. During the Byzantine era, the region is mentioned as highly affected by the earthquake of 551 AD. Additionally, in 995AD took place the "Battle of Sperchios" where the general Nikiphoros Ouranos and the Emperor Vasilios II Voulgaroktonos, crushed the Bulgarian army.

What was the role of Lamia during the revolution against the Turks?

During the Ottoman era, the city was known as "Zitouni" and served as an army base. In the revolution of 1821, the city and the surrounding area played a very important role. All this due to the hero Athanasios Diakos who led the Greeks to the fight of "Alamana" on April 22, 1821. The 1,500 men of Diakos defeated by the army of Omer Vryonis which numbered about 8,000 soldiers. Eventually, the area was officially liberated from the Ottoman occupation on 28 March 1833 and the town was renamed Lamia serving at that time as the northern border of the newly established Greek state.

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