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Larissa

NameLarissa
Name LocalΛάρισα
Image SkylineSt Achilles Larissa.jpg|caption_skyline=The cathedral of Saint Achillius of Larissa, the city's patron, as seen from Pineios river
PeriphThessaly
PeriphunitLarissa
Pop Municipality163380
Area Municipality335.1
Pop Municunit146195
Area Municunit122.6
City SealLARISSA LOGO.jpg
Districts4+1
PartyND
Since1998
Population As Of2011
Elevation67
Lat Deg39
Lat Min38.5
Lon Deg22
Lon Min25
Postal Code41x xx
Area Code241
LicenceΡΙ,ΡΡ
MayorKonstantinos Tzanakoulis

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Larissa ( , -elˈlarisa) is the capital and biggest city of the Thessaly periphery of Greece and capital of the Larissa peripheral unit. It is a principal agricultural centre and a national transportation hub, linked by road and rail with the port of Volos, the city of Thessaloniki and Athens. Larissa's population, within its municipality, has 163,380 inhabitants, while the peripheral unit of Larissa reached a population of 284,420 (in 2011). The urban area of the city, although most of it contained within the Larissa municipality, also includes the communities of Giannouli, Platykampos, Nikaia, Terpsithea and several other suburban settlements, which bring the wider urban area population of the city to about 220,000 inhabitants. According to archaeological evidence the city and its area has been inhabited since the tenth millennium BCE. Today, Larissa is a major commercial and industrial centre in Greece. Legend has it that Achilles was born here and Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, died here as well.


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