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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Antony B. 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

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

Antony B.


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

Merz_René on January 22, 2012

Very beautiful framed village, Like-220 + YS-15

Best regards, René

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

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

Zygmunt Czarnecki on January 22, 2012

Beautiful point of view and nice place. like

Best wishes Zygmunt.

ΗΛΙΑΣ ΧΟΥΜΗΣ on January 22, 2012

Πολύ όμορφη φωτογραφία από την επίσης πολύ όμορφη εκδρομή μας Χρήστο!

Α 222!

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

Zygmunt Czarnecki


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

Fotis Tentolouris on January 22, 2012

Πολύ ωραίος τόπος με τα πέτρινα σπίτια, ωραία φωτογραφία. -L- Χαιρετισμούς ΦώΤης

Mir Bashir on January 23, 2012

Excellent capture. Great shot. LIKE. Dear friend thank you very much for visiting my gallery. Best wishes and greetings.

Christos Theodorou on January 23, 2012

Fotis Tentolouris

Mir Bashir

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

Jesus Municio on January 23, 2012

Bella diagonal de tejados, bonita foto LK. saludos.

Alevikon on January 23, 2012

Мне нравится Ваша работа.

Примите поздравления из России.

С уважением к Вашим работам, Алексей.

K@rin on January 23, 2012

Lovely scenery and very nice photo, like , best wishes Karin

Christos Theodorou on January 23, 2012

Jesús Municio



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

silgab on January 23, 2012

Linda, + like.Silgab

Hamed Ansari on January 24, 2012

Nice view! LIKE

Gene M. on January 24, 2012

Hello dear Christos, beautiful shot of this charming village very nicely located, great point of view! It reminds me my holidays in Corsica, there are also a lot of small villages in the hills, like 230 ♥ for this fabulous and picturesque place! Best regards from France, Geneviève

Christos Theodorou on January 24, 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.

Melsen Felipe on January 25, 2012

Magnífica captura de este extraordinario panorama, buen disparo, L.

Un cordial saludo desde Costa Rica, Melsen Felipe

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