Peloponissos, Dimitsana view

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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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Comments (397)

travelerosmx on January 20, 2012

Very nice place! Like

Stathis Chionidis on January 20, 2012

Πολυ ομορφη αποψη και ληψη.ΣτΑθης

© truskawka on January 20, 2012

Amazing and interesting view.

Fantastic photo...Lk.

Greetings from Poland.


Oleksandr Mizyn on January 21, 2012

Very beautiful place. Like!

ebi lutze on January 21, 2012

Hi very nice shot over the village LIKE

Greetings from Australia Ebi Thank you for visiting and comment

girolamo fedele on January 21, 2012

That is a very nice place and photo!! like,


Titania Staeheli on January 21, 2012

It looks so different from the usual impression of white and blue. Very subtle colours, lovely. Like♥Trin

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Dino Menichini



Stathis Chionidis

© truskawka


ebi lutze



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

Mary-Joye Louw on January 21, 2012

Very beautiful




Rosalia© on January 21, 2012

Wonderful panorama photo LIKE. Regards, Rosalia

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012



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

Dimitrios Touvras on January 21, 2012

πανεμορφη η Δημητσανα. Ειχα και εγω την χαρα να μεινω ενα 3ημερο πριν καμμια δεκαρια χρονια...

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Dimitrios T. - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Yuliya S. on January 21, 2012

Wonderful picture from this point of view - LIKE ● Wish you all the best ♥ Yuliya

AndyUrbina on January 21, 2012

Muy buen presentación de este hermoso y atractivo lugar, felicitaciones, gracias por compartir.Like. Saludos cordiales, Andy

Theo Wasserhess on January 21, 2012

Very fine composition, like!

Best regards Theo

kilsonRJ on January 21, 2012

belissimaaaaaaaaaaaa,,,gostei ,,uma linda composição,,,,

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Many thanks to all of you for your recent visits and your kind comments. Best regards from Athens - Christos / Je vous rémercie tous pour votre récentes visites et les commentaries. Amitiés d’ Athènes - Christos. / Ευχαριστώ θερμά όλους σας για τις πρόσφατες επισκέψεις και τα σχόλια σας. Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα - Χρήστος.

Antonis Bertakis on January 22, 2012

* Kαταπληκτική αποτύπωση τής Ιστορικής Δημητσάνας,L+FV.Antony B.*

th81 on January 22, 2012

Very nice view and landscape!


Best wishes, th81

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