Larissa is the capital and largest city of the Thessaly region in Greece.
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The municipality of Larissa has 162, 591 inhabitants, while the regional unit of Larissa reached a population of 284, 325.
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Today, Larissa is an important commercial, transportation, educational, agricultural and industrial centre of Greece.
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Climate of Larissa is cool semi-arid but it is close to a hot summer Mediterranean climate (Csa).
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In mythology, the nymph Larissa was a daughter of the primordial man Pelasgus.
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The area around Larissa was extremely fruitful; it was agriculturally important and in antiquity was known for its horses.
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The name of Thessalian Larissa is first recorded in connection with the aristocratic Aleuadai family.
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Larissa is thought to be where the famous Greek physician Hippocrates and the famous philosopher Gorgias of Leontini died.
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When Larissa ceased minting the federal coins it shared with other Thessalian towns and adopted its own coinage in the late fifth century BC, it chose local types for its coins.
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Larissa, sometimes written Larisa on ancient coins and inscriptions, is near the site of the Homeric Argissa.
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In 196 BC Larissa became an ally of Rome and was the headquarters of the Thessalian League.
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Larissa is frequently mentioned in connection with the Roman civil wars which preceded the establishment of the Roman Empire and Pompey sought refuge there after the defeat of Pharsalus.
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Larissa was the headquarters of Hursid Pasha during the Greek War of Independence.
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Today Larissa is the fourth largest Greek city with many squares, taverns and cafes.
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Larissa is an Orthodox Metropolis of the Church of Greece.
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Municipality Larissa was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities, that became municipal units:.
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Municipal unit of Larissa is divided into four city-districts or municipal communities plus 2 suburban communities (Amphithea and Koulourion).
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From 1 January 2011, in accordance with the Kallikratis Plan, the new municipality of Larissa includes the former municipalities of Giannouli and Koilada.
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In manufacturing sector, Larissa is among others home to Biokarpet carpet company and Orient Bikes.
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Larissa sits in the middle of the plain of Thessaly, with connections to Motorway A1 and national roads EO3 and EO6.
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