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Lamia, Greece and nearby village Roditsa

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Central city of Sterea Ellada, inhabited since the Bronze Age, with its medieval castle looking over the city to the Sperxeios River and Mt. Oiti which Heracles ascended to die.
Lamia ,Greece, continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age.

Lamia ,Greece, continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age.

Inside Osio Loukas Monastery

Interior of the Katholikon (looking onto the dome), Hosios Loukas, Greece, first quarter of the century

Memorial to Athanasios Diakos.  Lamia, Greece.  Revolutionary War hero who was offered an officer's position by his Ottoman captor if he would convert to Islam.  He replied, "I was born a Greek.  I shall die a Greek."  "Εγώ Γραικός γεννήθηκα, Γραικός θε να πεθάνω."  He was impaled and roasted over coals by the Muslims.

Memorial to Athanasios Diakos. Revolutionary War hero who was…

Lamia

Lamia is a city in central Greece. It has a continuous history since antiquity, and is today the capital of Phthiotis and the region of Central Greece.

Relaxing at Rakis beach on the Aegean Sea near Lamia, with Euboea rising in the distance.

Relaxing at Rakis beach on the Aegean Sea near Lamia, with Euboea rising in the distance.

Looking over Lamia to Mt. Oiti from the Castle.

Looking over Lamia to Mt. Oiti from the Castle.

The castle in Lamia has been updated as a small museum with good examples of pottery and other artifacts of the area.

The castle in Lamia has been updated as a small museum with good examples of pottery and other artifacts of the area.

Some examples of balcony gardening 4 and 5 stories above street level.

Some examples of balcony gardening 4 and 5 stories above street level.

Greek Orthodox church, Roditsa, Greece on the corner of Odos Constantinou Glava and Odos Agiou Athanassiou.  Οδος Κονσταντινου Γλαβα και Οδος Αγιου Αθανασσιου, Ροδιτσα, Φθιωτης, Ελλαδα.

Greek church, Roditsa, on the corner of Odos Constantinou Glava and Odos Agiou Athanassiou.

L.A.mia. A medium size city of Central Greece.

A medium size city of Central Greece.

Swimming in the Aegean Sea at Rakis beach with the island of Euboea in the distance.

Swimming in the Aegean Sea at Rakis beach with the island of Euboea in the distance.

September garden in bloom in Roditsa near church.

September garden in bloom in Roditsa near church.

Street with a view up the hillside.

Wear comfortable shoes if you're planning to walk around hilly Lamia.

St. Athanassius church; Roditsa.

St. Athanassius church; Roditsa.