Attractions & Things to Do in Lamia
The largest among the four central squares of Lamia composes the ideal place for a coffee or refreshment break for locals and visitors.
Famous gastronomic destination where the roasted meat and other original Greek dishes are highlights.
Eleftherias Square can actually be described as the large yard of the city cathedral that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Well-preserved fortification of the city acropolis that involves a historical continuity from the 5th century BC until the Second World War.
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.
Area close to Lamia center that stands for its dense vegetation and gets its name from the chapel that is located here and dates from 1910.
Area synonymous with a successful war sabotage and the cooperation of different political resistance forces against Nazism during World War ll.
A battle memorial dedicated to a great hero of the Greek Struggle for Independence against the Turks.
Hot Springs of Thermopylae«Loutra Thermopilon»
Unexploited open-air treasure that misses infrastructure, but is definitely worth visiting.
Modern monument in the actual spot of one of the most well-known battles in worldwide history.
Historical Information Centre of Thermopylae
Depicting the Thermopylae Battle historical events, through 3D projections and other modern means.
Even if today there are only a few remains of the castle, the view from the acropolis is breathtaking.
Its exhibitions shed light on the «Greek Medieval Years» that corresponds to the Byzantine Period.
A place with great religious significance, but also a spot that hosts a Natural Museum and has deep ties to the surrounding environment.
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.