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Larissa (/ləˈrɪsə/; Greek: Λάρισα, Lárisa, [ˈlarisa]) is the capital and largest city of the Thessaly region in Greece. It is the fifth-most populous city in Greece with a population of 148,562 in the city proper, according to the 2021 census.[3] It is also capital of the Larissa regional unit. It is a principal agricultural centre and a national transport hub, linked by road and rail with the port of Volos, the cities of Thessaloniki and Athens. The municipality of Larissa has 164,381 inhabitants, while the regional unit of Larissa reached a population of 269,151 (in 2021).[1]

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Λάρισα (Greek)
Δήμος Λαρισαίων
Larissa montage. Clicking on an image in the picture causes the browser to load the appropriate article, if it exists.Central Square with the "Floating River" FountainMunicipal Theatre OUHL (Thessalian Theatre)Holocaust MonumentSaint Achilles CathedralOld Mills of PappasFirst Ancient Theatre of Larissa
Clockwise from top left: Central Square in downtown Larissa with the "Floating River" fountain; Municipal Theatre OUHL (Thessalian Theatre); Holocaust monument; Saint Achilles Cathedral; Old Mills of Pappas; Larissa railway station; and the First Ancient Theatre of Larissa
Coat of arms of Larissa
Coordinates: 39°38.5′N 22°25′E
CountryFlag_of_Greece.svg Greece
Regional unitLarissa
  TypeMayor–council government
  MayorApostolos Kalogiannis
  Total122.59 km2 (47.33 sq mi)
67 m (220 ft)
 (2021)(2021) [1]
  Total148,562(city proper)[2] 164,381(municipality)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Area code0030 241
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Legend has it that Achilles was born here. Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine", died here. Today, Larissa is an important commercial, transportation, educational, agricultural and industrial centre of Greece. The city straddles the Pineios river and N.-NE. of the city are the Mount Olympus and Mount Kissavos.