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Natural Beauty Visit mountain Olympus, the highest
mountain of Greece as well as green
mountain Kissavos and enjoy the
unique natural beauty of Thessaly.    
Meteora Meteora is a formation of huge dark colored rocks
that constitute a geological phenomenon of unique
beauty as well as an important monument of the
Orthodox religion.    
Plastiras Lake Plastiras Lake is an ideal destination for
excursions, outdoor activities and relaxation
during both summer and winter months.    
Traditional Villages Several traditional villages
lie in the mountains of Thessaly.    
Pelion Pelion, the mountain of the Centaurs is a perfect
tourist destination for all seasons.    
Sporades Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos.
Discover the unique beauty
of Sporades.  

History

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Thessaly took its name from the Thessalians (martial race of Thesprotia), who conquer at the end of the second millennium, the era of the Trojan war.
The main local Thessalian races there already were Magnets, Peraivoi and Boeotians (who had to leave).


Ancient Thessaly ruled by Aley sovereigns, strong aristocratic families of landowners, its system of government was oligarchy and its cities failed to unite.
The main cities of ancient Thessaly was Farsalos, Larissa, Feres and Krannon.

   

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Bust of King Philip II

The History of Thessaly in a nutshell

Ancient and Byzantine period

  • In 353 B.C. the King of Macedonia, Philip II, conquered Thessaly defeating Aley race and became a shire of Macedonia. During the wars of the macedonian king Philip V, 200 B.C., Thessaly suffered extensive damage, because the area has seen many battles.
  • In 168 B.C., Thessaly became a shire of the Roman empire.
  • During the Byzantine period, Thessaly, which was part of the Byzantine state, was accepting continuous attacks and invasions of Goths, Bulgars, Huns and Slavs from the 4th to the 11th century, but the area always manages to remain in good financial situation because of the production of agricultural and livestock products.
  • In the early 14th century A.D., Albanians and Serbs settled in Thessaly and stayed until 1396, the season when the monasteries of Meteora were founded.


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Constantine Economos eks' economon

 
Ottoman Sovereignty

  • Thessaly was conquered in 1423 by Murad II, who installed "sedulous experienced infantry villagers" for the land cultivation.
  • In the middle of 15th century, the Turks were established in Agrafa the first district commander, an institution which established in the wider Balkan region.
  • In 1600, the metropolitan of Larissa Dionysus Skylosophos, declared the first armed struggle in Thessaly against the Turks.
  • Developed manufacturing and commercial centers, such as weaving in the areas of Tirnavos, Tsaritsani, Rapsani and Ampelakia, and the commercial fleet of Zagora, which was famous for silk and woolen investors and its inhabitants excelled in maritime activity.

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Wall painting of Rigas Fereos

  • In education and the uprising of the genus were distinguished the Thessalians, such as Rigas Pheraios, Anthimos Gazis, Constantine Economos eks' economon, Theoklis Farmankidis and dispersion's Thessalians who initiated into the Friendly Society.
  • After the revolution against the Turks, after negotiations on 7th April 1881, Thessaly was annexed to the Greek state, except the area of Elassona.
   

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Monument to the fallen farmers in Kileler

 

Modern Times

  • In July of 1906, there were a group settlement of refugees from Eastern Rumelia in Thessaly, who helped in the economic and social development of Thessaly.
  • In April of 1907, established the Thessalian Agricultural Fund, where the former estates remedied in government departments and followed the vindication of indigenous farmers.
  • In March of 1910, the peasants' revolt breaks out in Kileler with many dead and injured and their request was the expropriation of estates.
  • In 1912, with the laws of N. Plastira and E. Venizelos, was decided the expropriation of estates.
  • In 1922, a second wave of refugees from Cappadocia settled in Thessaly, Pontus and Ionia.

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