As part of the lifelong learning the Association of Licensed tourist guides -Athens organises an educative annual excursion. After three years we made it and it was from the 11th until the 15th of March.
Further you can read a narration of our excursion so you can travel with your mind together with us.
On the first day we departed with direction Larissa, the capital of the plain of Thessaly (in the centre of Greece). It's a city of 144.000 inhabitants and connected always to the mind of the Greeks to the highest temperatures in the summer and its (sometimes) unbearable humidity of the winter!
Since 2015 Larissa faced a big change that put the city on the map as a tourist destination and the reason is the Diachronic Museum, which we visited.
It's an impressive museum, which can be compared to the modern or museums of Athens, such as the New Acropolis Museum.
George Toufexis, archaeologist and head of the department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Museums, welcomed and led us in the museum. The artifacts date from the Palaeolithic Era (from the beginning of humankind until 10.000 BC) until the 18th century.
The majority of the guides was amazed by the artifacts, but more by the long and rich history of the city and the surrounding area!
Afterwards, we were guided in the historical centre by our colleague Stelio Papakonstantinou. He led us to the monuments and landmarks of the city, such as the First Ancient Theater (3rd century BC), the ruins of the early christian Basilica of st. Achillios, the Bezesten (15th century), parts of the Justinian wall, or monuments from the ottoman era until its liberation in 1881 or even the modern era.
Everything coexists one next to each other with it unique history, but assimilated as a part of a broader historical, cultural, political, religious, ideological background of every single era.
This way we debunked the myth that Larissa is only the city of coffee. It's much more. The only way to discover all these things is with the help of a licensed tourist guide.
We would like to thank once again Georgios Toufexis for his tour in the Diachronic Museum of Larissa and Stelio Papakonstantinou for the guided tour in the city centre.
Stay tuned! The excursions goes on..
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