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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 22, 2012

Thanasis Germanos

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

Leyterhs Papapetros on January 22, 2012

ΠΟΛΥ ΚΑΛΗ Α103

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

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

Jan Pinkas on January 23, 2012

very nice detail of architecture and street ...

Horst Reisinger on January 23, 2012

Very interesting place!

Like

Greetings from Germany, Horst

Christos Theodorou on January 23, 2012

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Horst Reisinger


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

MarekEwjanStachowski on January 23, 2012

very nice picture - I like it
friendly greetings from Poland
– Marek Ewjan S.

K@rin on January 23, 2012

hello Christos beautiful composed B/W streetview, like, best wishes Karin

Imre Lakat on January 23, 2012

Wonderful photo Christos . I Like it a lot .

Greetings from Ajka Imre

Christos Theodorou on January 23, 2012

Marek E. Stachowski

K@rin

Imre Lakat


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

Koutoudis Grigoris on January 24, 2012

ΕΠΙΣΕΙΣ ΑΡΕΣΕΙ

ΠΟΛΥ ΚΑΛΗ ΠΡΟΟΠΤΙΚΗ

ΓΡΗΓΟΡΗΣ

Christos Theodorou on January 24, 2012

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

ptyskoweciacho on January 26, 2012

Intresting perspective!

Like!

Warm greetings, Aga

FPG24E on January 26, 2012

Nice shot. I like.

Best wishes.

Christos Theodorou on January 26, 2012

ptyskoweciasteczko

FPG24E


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

zbyszek_urbaniak on January 26, 2012

Bardzo interesująco wygląda to b&w...

Christos Theodorou on January 26, 2012

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

Fabio Roman on January 27, 2012

Very nice composition! Like

Greetings - Fabio

Christos Theodorou on January 27, 2012

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

Cesar Bordón V. on January 29, 2012

Great capture! - LIKE - Warm greetings - Cesar

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