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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Comments (182)

Ocminter octavio on January 13, 2012

Genial B/N le da una atmosfera muy especial


Un gran saludo, Octavio

T-Doki on January 13, 2012

Very good part... Congratulation, L-33.

Greetings, Attila

Manos Mastrogiorgis on January 13, 2012

Άσκηση οπτικής. Πολύ καλή Χρήστο.

α. 34

katia1960 on January 13, 2012

Πολύ όμορφο Α/Μ Χρήστο!!

mato angel 1 on January 13, 2012

Beautiful place! Love the B&W...Warm regards, Ray

roymonotosh on January 13, 2012

Very beautiful view and great capture !

**♥ YSL♥

* Best wishes -roy
Christos Theodorou on January 13, 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.

Christos Theodorou on January 13, 2012

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

Mel Figueroa on January 13, 2012

muy bonita toma en b/n, Me Gusta ♦♦ L ♦♦

Saludos, Mel Figueroa

Christos Theodorou on January 13, 2012

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

mar-al on January 13, 2012

Świetne zdjęcie


Pozdrawiam, Marek

Alito_di_vento è chi… on January 13, 2012

Very beautiful B\N, greetings chiara LK

Kałużny on January 13, 2012

Beautiful place, very nice BW photo...Greetings fro Poland

Christos Theodorou on January 13, 2012


alitodivento è chi…



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

nino evola on January 13, 2012

very nice photo B/W.

Like 43

A dear greetings from italy


dziwnowik on January 14, 2012

✰✰✰ excellent !

♥ ♥ ♥ ✰✰✰ LIKE ✰✰✰ ♥ ♥ ♥

greetings from Poland , Peter ♥

rachun alf on January 14, 2012

nice shot!!

Sasha Lisul on January 14, 2012

Good work... L.

JoelleGiannoni on January 14, 2012

Superbe ce cliché en noir et blanc! like!

Bonjour de Joelle

danimero on January 14, 2012

Nice corner of Stemnitsa. I like this b&w

Greetings from Madrid, Daniel

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  • Uploaded on January 11, 2012
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
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