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Stemnitsa is a mountainous village of Municipality of Gortyna, Arcadia. Built in Mainalon mountain at 1080 meters altitude is the highest village in Greece and is designated as a traditional settlement. The distance from Athens is 220 km and 45 km from Tripoli. Its population according to 2001 census is 412 residents.

The area is known since antiquity as Ipsous. According to legend, the ancient Ipsous built by Ypsountas, one of the fifty sons of Lycaon king of Arcadia. Reference is made to Ypsountas by Pausanias in his "Arcadia." It is unknown exactly when it was renamed Stemnitsa but allegedly was in the 7th century AD, after the colonization of areas by Slavs, as Stemnitsa means wooded and shady place in Slavic. Flourished during the Byzantine period, when it was known for ”the bells of Stmnitsa”.

In the revolution of 1821 played a leading role. It was the seat of Theodoros Kolokotronis. As a result of its role in national liberation, served as headquarters of the first Peloponnesian Senate and first informal capital of the rebellious Greek nation for a day-May 27, 1821 - the date on which took part in the First Peloponnesian Senate at the holy monastery of Chrysopigi in Stemnitsa. From Stemnitsa came Demetrius Sfikas, fighter of the Greek Revolution of 1821, who had taken part in the famous Battle of Skouleni (17 June 1821), a village in Romania today. Great historical importance have his "Memories" of the events of 1821 in Dacia.

Due to the difficult terrain of the area the people turned to trade and silverwork. In Stemnitsa there is also the High Technical school of silversmith.

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ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΣ ΓΚΙΚΑΣ on January 11, 2012

Όμορφη ασπρόμαυρη εκδοχή...Αρέσει.

Tomros - Pano on January 11, 2012

Hello Christos Well done. nice B&W!

Like 2.

Greetings, Tomas from Toronto

ТАЈГА on January 11, 2012

Nice old village


Melsen Felipe on January 12, 2012

Original y magnífico encuadre en blanco y negro, L

Un cordial saludo desde Costa Rica, Melsen Felipe

Richard Ryer on January 12, 2012

Greetings Christos, Nice stone work. Black and white is good treatment. Cheers, Rich

asanloj on January 12, 2012

Very nice b/ W photo. LIKE.Greetings

Faintlightofdawn on January 12, 2012

lovely textures Christos, hope you had a happy new year, best wishes from London, Fai

FotOlga on January 12, 2012

Beautiful place, nice composition and colours! L 7. Greetings, Olga

Rafl on January 12, 2012

ILIKE fro B&W shot! Rafl

VLADiMIR+ on January 12, 2012

Приветствую, Христос. Восхищен лаконичной гармонией Вашей работы. LIKE 10. С уважением, Владимир

R. Hobabi on January 12, 2012

Nice shot. LIKE. Best wishes.

Brigitte Uras on January 12, 2012

super jolie photo ! like brigitte à ++

Iris.Bl. on January 12, 2012

Πολυ ωραια ασπρομαυρη!!!

Αρεσει #12


KWO Tsoumenis on January 12, 2012

Εξαιρετική οπτική σε α/μ φόντο, Χρήστο!


Kαλή βραδιά :-)

Charlotte Boutros De… on January 12, 2012


Soooo wonderful, LIKE.

Warm Wishes from Lebanon.


Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

Vasilis Gikas



Melsen Felipe

Richard Ryer




J. Carlos Yáñez



R. Hobabi

Brigitte Uras


KWO Tsoumenis

Charlotte B Deghlawi

Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

bonavista - NO VIEWS on January 12, 2012

Kali spera,Christos! Very beautiful B&W composition! Lk


Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

bonavista - Kalispera Andrey! Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Marilena Borriero on January 12, 2012

Bellissima,complimenti...LIKE Mari

♥ ♥ Osho Angel ♥ ♥ on January 12, 2012

soo wonderful ..old houses and B&W..very very good.

like + greeting + thanks Dear Christos :)

good evening..

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  • Uploaded on January 11, 2012
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/10/23 11:40:50
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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