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 19, 2012

leo1383 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Saluti d' Atene.

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

ANGEL, EL ALFA III - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Saludos desde Atenas.

Merz_René on January 20, 2012

Finest details in this b&w photo, beautiful framing! Best regards, René

© cvandermeijden on January 20, 2012

Well taken and great in b/w, Christos!

Like

Best wishes, Carla

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

Merz_René

© c.vandermeijden


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

Galishev Pavel on January 20, 2012

Отличный кадр! Очень нравится фотография!

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

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

sea-herdorf (♂) - VI… on January 20, 2012

kommt sehr gut rüber in s/w -like - greetings sea herdorf

Elen Val on January 21, 2012

Πολύ όμορφη η αποτύπωση σε άσπρο-μαύρο και η οπτική γωνία της φωτογραφίας! Αρέσει

Χαιρετισμούς, Ελένη

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

sea-herdorf

IRR-SWEDEN

Elen Val


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.

Rosalia© on January 21, 2012

Christos, wonderful photo and small street Like. Greetings, Rosalia

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

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

►Kάρταλος◄ on January 21, 2012

Αν κάπου στο στενάκι αριστερά υπήρχε κάποιος να ανεβαίνει ή να κατεβαίνει θεωρώ πως θα ζωντάνευε, στην κυριολεξία!

Καλό Σ/Κ Χρήστο!

Theo Wasserhess on January 21, 2012

Excellent B&W view, like!

Thanks for your visit and friendly comments!

Best regards Theo

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

►Kάρταλος◄

TheoWasserhess


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

乾龍 on January 22, 2012

Beautiful shot

I like

Best wishes from Taiwan

Qianlong

Maher Baraket on January 22, 2012

Great!

L100

Thank you for visiting and interesting at my gallery.

Greetings, Maher

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

乾龍

© Maher Baraket ماهر,


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

Thanasis Germanos on January 22, 2012

Όμορφη ασπρόμαυρη και ωραίες λιθόκτιστα σπίτια. Αρέσει 101! Χαιρετισμούς Θανάσης

Alexey Makhin on January 22, 2012

Hello, Christos!

This BW composition creates a great volume of vision! :)

Like, greetings from Russia, Alexey.

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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
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