Main Attractions and Sights in Lamia

Located on the northern part of the town, Lamia’s Fortress has been standing on the town’s acropolis for thousands of years. With a perimeter of 600 meters, its older part dates back to the 5th century BC. Several additions had been made during Byzantine period and by foreign invaders over the years, including the French, the Catalans and the Turkish. Walk up to the fort to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Lamia and the surrounding areas.

Once up, also pay a visit to the town’s Archaeological Museum, which stands within the fort’s grounds and carries a collection of numerous artefacts from Neolithic period to Romans times, including some interesting dolls from the Hellenistic era.

On a sunny day take trip to St Loukas Hill, from where you will have some fascinating views of Maliakos Bay, surrounded by lush greenery. Enjoy coffee or lunch at the municipal caf? and visit the chapel of St Loukas at the top of the hill.

Around Lamia
Freshly opened in 2007, Fthiotida’s Byzantine Museum is located in Ypatia Village, west of Lamia. Occupying a former barrack, the museum features two floors. The ground floor is dedicated to palaeochristian mosaics from the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries, while the first floor exhibits numerous artefacts from Byzantine era.

Eight kilometres southwest of the town of Lamia, you will find Gorgopotamos Bridge. The modern bridge is located right next to the train station. This spot held a key role in modern Greek history, due to the blowing up of the former bridge on the 25th of November of 1942. The sabotage was performed by the Greek Resistance in order to suspend the advance of Nazi forces. Sadly a forgotten hidden bomb blew up during a celebration in 1964, costing the lives of 13 people.

From recent to ancient history, the Pass of Thermopylae is located 20 kilometers southeast of Lamia. Once more a foreign attack was intercepted, when Leonidas and 300 Spartan soldiers resisted Xerxes’ invasion on this spot, in 480 BC. Although the Spartans were betrayed by Ephialtis and the Persian army finally advanced towards the south, a bronze statue of Leonidas stands there today to honour their courage.

Hiking Mount Orthys is a nice option for those who are into outdoor activities. According to Greek mythology, Orthys was the mountain where Titans barricaded themselves to fight against the Greek Gods in Olympus. With its highest tip at 1,726 meters, it features thick woodlands of spruces and oaks.

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