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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Christos Theodorou on January 17, 2012

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

bassam jayousi on January 17, 2012

Very beautiful shot. L+F

Greetings, Bassam

Annelies Vink on January 17, 2012

wonderful composed view, very nice image in b/w LIKE

greetings, Annelies

Κοσμάς Καραχλές on January 17, 2012

Πάρα πολύ καλή αρέσει Κοσμάς

M. Podt on January 17, 2012

Nice B&W photo, Christos! L

Greetings, Martin

Christos Theodorou on January 17, 2012

Bassam Al Jayousi

Annelies Vink

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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.

Christos Theodorou on January 17, 2012

M. Podt - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

BernardJ47 on January 17, 2012

Like79.Piękne zdjęcie.Pozdrawia Bernard

Bermard Agulo on January 18, 2012

Great shot!

F9 + L80

best wishes,

Bernardo

Garzer on January 18, 2012

Beautiful composition!Like! Greetings, Klaus

Christos Theodorou on January 18, 2012

BernardJ47

Silverhead

Garzer


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

Dorota Ke on January 18, 2012

Very beautiful view :)...LIKE.Greetings,Dorota

Christos Theodorou on January 18, 2012

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

Benni w on January 18, 2012

Great in b-w!

spyros72 on January 19, 2012

Πάρα πολύ όμορφη λήψη!!! Αρέσει.

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

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spyros72


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Nadia Kushnir on January 19, 2012

Very interesting photos! LIKE!

Al Sanin on January 19, 2012

Nicely composition! LIKE of course, Christos! With a best wishes Al

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

nadiakushnir

AlSanin


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

leo1383 on January 19, 2012

Like,Very interesting photos,regards ,Leo

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