Greece is a land of stories, and every town or village has its own to share. Some have more famous sights than others, but all have something unique to offer. One such place is Ypati, a historic city in Fthiotida that greets visitors with a chariot at its entrance. The tank is a symbol of the city’s martyrdom, as it suffered a brutal massacre on June 17, 1944. If you are looking for a day trip to Fthiotida and its surroundings, don’t miss the chance to visit Ypati and see the tank that has become a landmark for tourists.
On the northern slopes of Mount Oiti, about 20 kilometers from Lamia, lies Ypati, a city that witnessed a tragic event in its modern history. On June 17, 1944, a Saturday morning, the German Nazi SS troops led by Karl Simmers (the same who ordered the massacres of Distomo, Kleisoura, and Sperchiada) unleashed their savage violence on Ypati. They injured, executed, and burned the people and the buildings of the city. Out of 400 houses, Byzantine churches, and historic mansions, only 25 survived. 28 people were killed and 30 were wounded. That’s why Ypati is called a martyred city.
At the entrance of Ypati, an M24 Chaffee tank from World War II greets the visitor. The tank, made in America, is part of a monument that honors the victims of the June 17th massacre. It is a symbolic reminder of the horrors that Ypati endured.
A getaway to Fthiotida, a pleasant excursion
If you are looking for a day trip near Athens, Fthiotida is a great choice. You can explore the mysterious place of witches and enjoy a surprising adventure that you will never forget. You can also see the abandoned hotel that was once a landmark but now looks like a ghost. The hotel has a fascinating history and impressive views. And don’t miss Tithorea, the village that has a special connection with the old Greek cinema. A weekend trip to Fthiotida and Ypati will reveal many secrets and wonders to you!