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Dimitsana is built on the top of a hill at an altitude of 950 meters from the southern side of which provide wonderful views of the plain of Megalopolis and Taygetos. It is the head of the expanded municipality of Gortynia, and until recently was the seat of the municipality Dimitsana. The story begins during the Homeric times, when the place was the small town of Arcadia Tefthis.

It is a community with the villages of Paleochora and Karkalou and the monasteries of Aimialon and Philosopher, with a total population of 740 inhabitants. Dimitsana before the war had a double population, in 1960 had 2,000 inhabitants, but many Dimitsanites migrated and settled in America, Australia and elsewhere.

Dimitsana during the Turkish occupation played an important role in the "secret school" and in 1821 with "gunpowder Dimitsanitiko" manufactured. It is homeland of the martyr Patriarch Gregory V, whose statue dominates the main square, which was donated by Maraslis, and the Bishop Paleon Patron Germanos, where both houses are preserved.

In the museum of Dimitsana housed in the Library exposed textiles, looms, folk art and archaeological collections. Just outside of the village there is an Open Water Power Museum, which aims to highlight the traditional water power motion plantations, that were formerly very prevalent in the region.

In the place of the current Dimitsana was the ancient Arcadian city Tefthis which had participated in the Trojan war and the colonization of Megalopolis.

In 963 AD founded the Abbey of Philosopher 2.5 km outside Dimitsana. Dimitsana name was first mentioned in 967 AD in a patriarchal document relating to the monastery Philosopher. In 1764 a wise monk Agapios, built a library and moved the books from the monastery. The library grew continuously until 1821, because the Patriarchate gave new books to Dimitsana, where operated a bishop school that became known by the name "Tutorial Greek Letters". The School of Dimitsana operated from 1764 and graduated from it many bishops and scholars, among them Gregory V and Paleon Patron Germanos.

During the war of 1821, much of the library was destroyed, as the Greeks needed the paper to make cartridges at the 14 gunpowder mills of Dimitsana, who worked day and night feeding the militants. For this reason Dimitsana called "powder magazine of the Hellenic Nation."

(from Wikipedia)

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etterla on March 8, 2012

Well composed, nice view. I Like it. Kind regards, László

Christos Theodorou on March 8, 2012

etterla - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

katlin on March 18, 2012

Very nice view and photo! Like

Greetings, Katlin

Christos Theodorou on March 18, 2012

katlin - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Manek Taolin on April 19, 2012

Beautiful city!


Christos Theodorou on April 20, 2012

Manek Taolin - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Norbert “bergfreund2… on June 21, 2012

Schöne Landschaft !Like279!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen aus Österreich, Norbert

Christos Theodorou on June 21, 2012

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dziwnowik on October 22, 2012

I ♥ this photo !!!!

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Christos Theodorou on October 23, 2012

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Kurdo Kolenko on October 12, 2015

Bravo, sehr gut!

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Antonio Varela on October 13, 2015

Bella imagen Christos, está muy bien, saludos cordiales

Christos Theodorou on October 13, 2015

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Christos Theodorou on October 19, 2015


Many thanks for your visit and comments – Greetings from Athens - Christos

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Christos Theodorou on February 13

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