Present-day Larissa, a city in the heart of Greece, is the capital of the Municipality and Prefecture of the same name. Its history is more than 4,000 long. Its population exceeds 150,000 people and its area is 19,000 stremmata (about five thousand acres). The city has an active political, economic and social life and it has justifiably earned the title of the prevailing economic, commercial, cultural, agricultural, transport and industrial hub of the hinterland of Thessaly.
Larissa is the seat of the General Secretariat of the Region of Thessaly. The city hosts the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry-Biotechnology of the School of Health Sciences of the University of Thessaly, a Technological Vocational Institute with 4 Schools and 16 Departments, the Regional University Hospital, the Commercial-Industrial Chamber and the Chamber of Small Industries, “Thessaly”Municipal Regional Theatre and the Municipal Conservatory. The Folklore Museum is at the completion phase of its construction, while an Archaeological-Byzantine Museum is to be erected, too. Additionally, the building to house the G.I. Katsigras’ Gallery/Museum was completed and inaugurated in 2003 by the President of the Republic. Finally, the study for the restoration/regeneration of the landmark industrial building of the beginning of the century – i.e. Pappas’ Mill – is nearly completed, while the 1st Ancient Theatre of the city is being brought to light at a fast pace.
The cultural life of the city is rich with various events organised by legal entities of the Municipality as well as the various agencies, associations, initiative groups and sports clubs covering a wide range of athletic activities.
In recent years Larissa has been successfully facing the challenge of continuously adapting to the radical changes of its socio-economic and cultural scene. The environment, work and better quality of life are integral key-points of these developments.
The Municipality of Larissa has shown particular interest, active involvement and specific projects in shaping an overall policy to enhance such aspects as focal points, utilizing the experience and potential of numerous scientific bodies and agencies of local self-government, through research and other cooperation schemes implemented at the national and European level.
Today, en route towards the third millennium and exploiting the positive atmosphere gradually but steadily being established in the sector of Local Self-Government, Larissa, through the actions and initiatives of its Municipal Authority, is aspiring to achieve a better social, intellectual and cultural future.