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TRIKALA

The Prefecture's capital is a beautiful city built on the location of ancient Trikki (according to mythology the nymph Trikki was the daughter of Pinios). Asklipios, the most important doctor of antiquity, originated from here. The Lithaios River flows through the city which is distinguished by historical Monuments, excellent urban planning, spacious squares, parks and pedestrian streets. It is located at a distance of 331 km NW of Athens and 215 km SW of Thessaloniki.

Let’s walk around

We are starting off with the heritage listed traditional neighbourhood of Varoussi, known for its beautiful narrow alleys and the multi-coloured houses of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Most of the oldest churches of the city are here.

Go on with a romantic stroll along the banks of the Lithaios River (the river of Lithi = “forgetfulness” in mythology), which is a tributary of the Pinios. Ten bridges cross the river, the central one made of metal having been constructed by the French in 1886.

Walk up to the fortress towering above the hill north of the city. It is the well preserved Justinian fortress, today featuring a recreational area. On its east side there is the 17th century Clock, the emblem of the city, which has suffered destruction and restoration several times.

Alternatively, you can go around the beautiful city biking through the vast network of bicycle lanes the locals are so fond of and keen on using.

Must see attractions

-The ruins of the "most ancient and most eminent "Asklipion of Trikki", as it was called by Strabo, and its important extant Mosaics.
-The Archaeological Collection, displayed in a building under the fortress (25th of March St. & Machaonos St.)
-The Koursoum Mosque (16th century), at the entrance of the city coming from Karditsa.
-The Profitis Ilias Grove, also hosting a zoo.
-The central square Iroon Polytechniou, with a small lake in the middle.
-The central pedestrian street, Asklipiou with commercial stores and the most popular coffee shops. At the end of the Street there is the impressive City Railway Station, constructed in 1886.
-The Municipal Folklore museum in a historic building, No. 6 Garivaldi St.
-The Municipal Gallery and the Municipal Library.
-The Dorothea School (1875) used as an Exhibition Centre.
-The Centre of Folk Music exhibiting personal possessions of the famous composers from Trikala, such as Tsitsanis, Kaldaras, Virvos and others.
-The Kliafa Co, Centre for History and Culture. This is a multi-cultural centre that includes the City museum and is housed in the old ice factory of the Kliafa Company, a typical industrial building of 1926.
-The Katsikogianni museum (Pylis St, at Ampelakia square) exhibiting more than 1.000 paintings and 100 sculptures and designs.
-The Matsopoulos Mills (Pylis St, at the exit to Arta), located in a densely wooded area. It was built in 1884 and is now a cultural centre with a cinema, theatre, conference halls and event rooms, with a coffee shop.

Near-by destinations

The fir-clad Pindos mountain range with the traditional villages is there for you to discover. Elati and Pertouli (with its ski resort) and Pyli have developed to become famous destinations with winter holiday makers. At a stone’s throw there is also the world famous breathtaking site of Meteora, a unique geological phenomenon.

For further information, visit the city’s site 


 

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