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 (183)

danimero NO VIEWS on January 14, 2012

Nice corner of Stemnitsa. I like this b&w

Greetings from Madrid, Daniel

dinuveronica on January 14, 2012

Wonderful black and white. like With friendship! Veronica

Alfredo Henriques on January 14, 2012

Olá Christos boa composição B&W, gosto

Saudações desde Lisboa, Alfredo

asanloj on January 14, 2012

Excellent B/W. LIKE 2

Gyula Kaszás on January 14, 2012

Very Nice Place! LIKE!

albert smith on January 14, 2012

Through your picture I see is a beautiful place,like-52.

"Cuky"/A.S.G."NO VIE… on January 14, 2012

Beautiful work realized with ARTIST'S look. Congratulations and Like of your friend Antonio/Cuky.

Christos Theodorou on January 14, 2012

nino evola

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Rachun

Lisul Saša

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danimero

dinuveronica

Alfredo Henriques

asanloj

Kaszás Gyula

albert smith

"Cuky"/A.S.G


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

patano on January 14, 2012

Very good enquadre !

Beautiful view and colors!

Kind regards from

PAT

Warm greetings from Paolo, Italy.

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✰ I wish you a happy day! ✰

hlegallais on January 14, 2012

Belle image, like, Hervé

Christos Theodorou on January 14, 2012

patano - Many thanks for your visit and comments, but there aren't colours in this photo, only b&w tones - Kind regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on January 14, 2012

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

E-kaz on January 14, 2012

Feel the history of the town. Beauty processing.

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(・☆)人(☆・)Kind regards,E-kaz.

Pontecaffaro on January 14, 2012

Impressive work Christos, beautifully done! Best regards, Dirk Jan

Christos Theodorou on January 14, 2012

E-kaz

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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

javad aleali on January 14, 2012

Excellent photo

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Raul.SG on January 14, 2012

Una buena captura, bonitas texturas. Me gusta, Gran perspectiva. Mis mejores deseos. Raul

Christos Theodorou on January 14, 2012

javad Ale ali

Raul.SG


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

Gabor Retei on January 15, 2012

Fine architecture and a great B&W shot!

"Like"

Greetings from Vancouver, Gabe

kurt Oblak on January 15, 2012

Super Aufnahme,schöne kleine Gasse,gefällt mir,Like 63,gruß KURT

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