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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 February 1, 2012

knelsa - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

AlexRo on February 2, 2012

Very nice view. Like! Greetings, Alex!

Christos Theodorou on February 2, 2012

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

Reem Almosti on February 3, 2012

Very interesting place and photo! Great! Like!

Best wishes to you from Reem :)

Christos Theodorou on February 3, 2012

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

Πολύ καλή θέα! Αρέσει!

Christos Theodorou on February 5, 2012

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

Francine Verweij-Ban… on February 10, 2012

Very nice view and a great composition. LIKE & YS

Greetings,Francine

Christos Theodorou on February 10, 2012

francinelb3 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Józef Wierciński on February 10, 2012

LIKE

Agnieszka C on February 10, 2012

Magnificent place and picture! like

Best wishes Agnieszka

Christos Theodorou on February 10, 2012

fot.Wierciński Józef

Agnieszka.c


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

Far lang on February 15, 2012

Splendid image. LIKE. Greetings Heinz.

Christos Theodorou on February 15, 2012

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

JanuszMal on February 17, 2012

Very beautiful picture - Like

Christos Theodorou on February 17, 2012

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

Jared J. Myers on February 22, 2012

Pittoresque!

What kind of city is "Megalopolis"? - Sounds like a giant city but rather seems to be an archaeological site...

Christos Theodorou on February 22, 2012

Jared J. Myers - Megalopolis is an archeological site, famous for the big ancient theater, but now has only 5.000 residents. Near the city there is a powerhouse, which heavily pollute the atmosphere of the area. Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

nasenbaerdietzenbach on February 24, 2012

Very beautiful landscape, good shot; Like-274 greetings from Germany to Athen

Christos Theodorou on February 24, 2012

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

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