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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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Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

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Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Nadia Kushnir on January 19, 2012

Very nice view! LIKE! Best regards. Nadia.

Alen Lukovac on January 19, 2012

Great shot and colors.L

Greetings from Croatia.

Teresa Chrzanowski F… on January 19, 2012

Thank you for being so kind! L&F4 Thank you for the journeys to the extraordinary Places, which you so mastered to present! warmly, Teresa

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

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Alen Lukovac

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Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

WiJarn on January 20, 2012

LIKE for beautiful view.

Greetings from Thailand.

Prasenjit Nag on January 20, 2012

Lovely Hill Station!!

Excellent Photography!

LIKE

Best Wishes Prasenjit

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

WIJARN

Prasenjit Nag


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Susy Dienstbach on January 20, 2012

Belíssima foto.

Salvador Rafael Busó… on January 20, 2012

A beautiful picture of this place with so much history. like

Voro

Dworzanski.Gryfino on January 20, 2012

Very great shot ,good village.

L&YS

Greetings from Poland, Michał.

C haydeé on January 20, 2012

Hola Christos Theodorou

¡Hermoso paisaje! Me gusta

Un saludo desde Argentina, Chaydeé.

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

Susy Dienstbach

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Chaydeé


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

marco .gi 46 on January 20, 2012

Grande scenario

LK

Saluti, marco

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

marco .gi 46 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

►BOGDAN◄ on January 20, 2012

Wonderful scenery. LIKE 200. Best Greetings.

Bogdan

sandart on January 20, 2012

Great country scenery, excellent photo! LIKE

Greetings, Alexander

Carlos A. Serafim on January 20, 2012

Grande paisagem... lindo cenário! Parabéns. Saudações do Brazil...

Pom' on January 20, 2012

beau village de montagne. j'aime 202 !

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

►Bogdan◄

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