Peloponissos, Stemnitsa

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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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Dimitris Liapopoulos… on January 12, 2012

Πανέμορφη ασπρόμαυρη φωτο.

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Χαιρετισμούς, Δημήτρης

Manek Taolin on January 12, 2012

Beautiful photo!

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Vasilis Anastopoulos on January 12, 2012

Ωραία Α/Μ λήψη. Αρέσει

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Guizel J.c on January 12, 2012

Very nice picture

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Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

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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 / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Jarda Lhoták on January 12, 2012

Nice photo. Like. Greetings, Jarda.

Wojciech Noworyta on January 12, 2012

Very nice. L+F

Dezso Biczo © on January 12, 2012

You know, I of Greece's favorite - I love the beautiful photos

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  • nice lights & beautiful photos!

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sonjabgd on January 12, 2012

Very good shot.

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Vanni Lazzari on January 12, 2012

Un bel Bianco e nero, like. Saluti Vanni

Carmen T. on January 12, 2012

A very pretty picture in B & N. It is a construction of a population of mountain?

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Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

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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

ELIDA on January 12, 2012

Excelente B&N, queda perfecto. LIKE. Con el afecto de siempre, Elida.

Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

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

aggeliki.k on January 12, 2012

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Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

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

~Marlene~ on January 12, 2012

Very good B/W, Christos, nice contrasts! Like

Greetings, Marlene

Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

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

Marco Balsinha on January 12, 2012

interessante, Gostei, cumprimentos de Portugal

Jean-Pierre Pourcine… on January 12, 2012

Good idea Christosto send it in B/W.I LIKEit

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