The squares of Larissa's historical centre
Larissa’s historical Central Square (Mayor Sapkas Square) constituted for many years the most central spot of the city. Today it continues to constitute a reference point in the urban web gathering all types of commercial, recreational, cultural, as well as social relations.
The fountain of the sculptor Nela Golanta is a characteristic artistic element of the square and is the continuation of the "Sculptural River" -that is found in the Tachidromiou Square- symbolizing the plain way of the river’s flow. From time to time, contemporary works of other artists of the city are accommodated in the square.
Inside the square, it is found the Juridical Palace of Larissa -work of Patroklos Karantinos, Professor of the Architectural Faculty and one of the most important Greek architects. Opposite to the square, in Kypros Street, it is found the imposing building of the Military Club of Officers.
In the square, one can meet more old than young people, because the younger ones prefer to go to the cafes of the Tachidromiou Square.
Tachidromiou Square, with tens of cafes, constitutes a meeting place for the citizens of Larissa and daily it is full of people.
In the square, it is found the "Sculptural River", the big fountain of the sculptor Nela Golanta. Its waterfalls symbolize the mountainous sources of Penios River. This sculptural composition is continued in the central square’s fountain by the appearance of Penios’ waters symbolizing the plain way of the river’s flow.
Inside the square, it is found the building of the former clinic of G. I. Katsigras, which today belongs to the Medical Faculty of the University of Thessaly.
Ar. Lamproulis Square
The square of the Mayor Aristides Lamproulis is in the hill of Frourio, near Early Christian Basilica of Frourio and Bezesteni. The antiquities that were revealed in its space were preserved in the depth that they were found and they were integrated organically into the square.
In the space of the current square, in the past it was popular the "market of Wednesday", the unique weekly market that was open all the day till late the evening. For this reason, the modern citizens, respecting the tradition, established Thursday’s afternoon as a semi-non-working day instead of Wednesday’s afternoon which is applied generally in Greece.
In the northern side of the square, it is placed the statue of Aristeidis Lamproulis and in the southern side is found the statue of Lord Byron, a donation of the Hellenic-American-British Association.
St. Vissarionas Square
In the end of Venizelou Street, one can meet the square of St. Vissarionas. There are the church of Saint Vissarionas -which is decorated by Aginoras Asteriadis’ paintings-, the building of the Municipal Conservatory and a big fountain.
Ag. Mplanas Square
The new square of Mayor Agamemnonas Mplanas is opposite to the Archaeological Museum of Larissa and the Saint Vissarionas square. After the excavations for the creation of an underground parking garage, there were revealed antiquities, which were assembled on the surface and were integrated with the square. Today, these antiquities constitute its principal element and they are surrounded by green.
The underground parking garage serves all the cars that are circulating in the centre. The ramp of entry is on Kyprou Street and the ramp of exit is on the Olympou Street, in order to facilitate the circulation of the cars.