Built upon the
south western side of Mt. Orthis, today's Lamia is
very much a commuting center, not to be avoided in
passing from the south to the north and vice versa.
The town, according to mythology, took its name from
the daughter of Poseidon, although another version
states that it owes its name to the son of Heraklis
and Omfialis, Lamo or Lamio.
It is a modern provincial town, full of activity all
year round and it has many shops. Its varied,
individual squares are characteristic of the town
and it has some historic monuments. The towns castle
is to be found on one of the two hills, amongst
green scenery. Passing its vaulted door, you will
see the Ottoman barracks which today are used as an
Archaeological museum, hosting archaeological finds
from all the prefectures of Fthiotidas and of all
Periods (Neolithic, Bronze, Iron, Antiquity,
Classical, Greek and Roman). The wonderful view of
the Oitis on the opposite side of the valley of
Sperhiou, the Kallidromio, the imposing peaks of Mt.
Parnassos and the plain, which reaches to the gulf
of Malaiako, will enchant you.
Its worth visiting the Post Byzantine Church of The
Virgin Mary of Archontikis and the Mitropolis of the
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, which is found in
Also worth visiting, are the private collections of
A. Plati and A. Kounoupi, which contain ceramics,
books, photographs, documents, sculptures, jewelry,
works of popular art, as well as arms from the
revolution of 1821. The Folklore museum hosts a rich
collection of objects from agricultural life.
The Pan Hellenic Agricultural Exhibition of Lamias
is organized during May and shows cars, agricultural
machinery, furniture, household appliances,
traditional goods, electrical items and so on.
If you should happen to find yourself in the capital
at the beginning of November you can watch the
"Fthiotika", which entails performances by
traditional bands, speeches, exhibitions and so on.
Only 10 minutes away from the town and near to the
banks of the River Sperheiou, on the road, which
links Lamia with Karoenisi, you will find
Lionokladi. Continuing on you will come across the
Baths of Ypatis and the historical village of
Kombotades in the foothills of Oitis.
The sea town
of St. Konstandinos, just 49 km from Lamia, is a
center for commuters, and a passage to north Greece,
the Sporades and the Aegean Islands.
The town of Lamia provides pleasant vacations as
well as a weekend outing, combining recreation,
cultural and historic interest, the good life and
delightful mezes in the superb tsipouradika, which
you will come across in different corners of the
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