A Night in Larissa, Greece

We could have seen more of Larissa in Greece but for the winter timings. In the last week of December, sun bids an early goodbye; as early as 5 – 5.30 in the evenings when the tourists are still in the mood of exploring more. Ticket counters at heritage sites are shut, no soul around and night lights illuminate the mute crumbling structures. We try to peep over the walls and try to make some meaning of the outline of the structures we see.I have the pics of the remains of foundations of ancient structures in Larissa, some structures belonging to Bezesteni which is a monument of big historical value. It is the most important Ottoman monument of Larissa, a market in the 15th century. “Bezesteni” I later read, means ‘fabric market’ and it comes from the persian word ‘bez’ which means cotton and the word ‘bezzaz’ means ‘textile merchant’. The markets were used to buy and sell gold, silver jewelry, precious stones. They maintained the legacies of citizens and other important documents. This is the only one that I saw of all the heritage sites there.

Larissa has many tavernas(restaurants) dishing out authentic Greek cuisine. At the tavernas “Koutouki” there, we had one of the finest dinners in Greece. I end this post with the pic of sweet dish at the taverna! Just writing about the food is making me hungry, I wish I could go there again.

I have mentioned here those spots that Larissa is famous for and we missed seeing and doing.
Acropolis on the hill of Áyios Ahíllios (Saint Achilles, the patron saint of the city). This is a location which has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period.
The ruins of the ancient theater.
15th century Turkish market, constructed with the remains of older structures
The Alkazár Park stretches along the Pinios (or Pineios) river.
Walks across the river, surrounded by big, evergreen trees
At the outskirts of the city, on the road to Týrnavos, is the monument of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. The tomb of the great scientist was discovered in 1826.

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