Farsala is on the outskirts of Larissa – a farming community where I grew up and nearby is Athena’s Bluff. I have spent a lot of time up there.
Farsala (Greek: Φάρσαλα), known in Antiquity as Pharsalos (Ancient Greek: Φάρσαλος, Latin: Pharsalus), is a city in southern Thessaly, in Greece. Farsala is located in the southern part of Larissa regional unit, and is one of its largest towns. Farsala is an economic and agricultural centre of the region. Cotton and livestock are the main agricultural products, and many inhabitants are employed in the production of textile. Farsala is famous for its distinctive halva, but even more so for its significance in ancient history.
Farsala lies at the southern edge of the Thessalian Plain, 4 km south of the river Enipeas. The Greek National Road 3 (Larissa – Lamia) and the Greek National Road 30 (Karditsa – Volos) pass through the town. The Palaiofarsalos railway station (litt. “Ancient Pharsalus”), on the line from Athens to Thessaloniki and head of the branch line to Kalambaka (el), is located in the village of Stavros, 12 km to the west. Farsala is located 38 km south of Larissa, 41 km east of Karditsa, 44 km north of Lamia and 49 km west of Volos.
The municipality Farsala has an area of 739.74 km2, the municipal unit Farsala has an area of 121.433 km2, and the community Farsala has an area of 57.928 km2.
Farsala was known as Çatalca during Ottoman rule. Following the Treaty of Berlin the city became part of the Hellenic Kingdom together with the rest of Thessaly in 1881. During the first Greco-Turkish War (1897), a major battle took place in the vicinity of Farsala. The contemporary town has no historical or medieval buildings left as a result of a world war 2 bombardment and a catastrophic earthquake that struck the area in 1954.
HERE IS A VIDEO – unfortunately for you if you don’t understand Greek but she’s talking about the history of the city