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 29, 2012

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

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on January 30, 2012

Very nice shot !

I like it! My friendly greeting,Natuska

Christos Theodorou on January 30, 2012

Bánfalvi Suzi Natuska - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

senmax on January 30, 2012

Very beautiful picture. LIKE.

Christos Theodorou on January 30, 2012

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

ANTON CRUZ 1 on January 31, 2012

Wonderful place and nice perspective. Best regards, Anton.

Christos Theodorou on January 31, 2012

ANTON CRUZ 1 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

tirulero1 on January 31, 2012

Il B&W ha arricchito il fascino dell'antico,Like,saluti Antonio

Christos Theodorou on February 1, 2012

tirulero1 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

®mene on February 7, 2012

i like these hill sided houses and narrow streets. Great! m :)

Christos Theodorou on February 8, 2012

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

Juri Kowski on February 9, 2012

Hello Christos, visiting your gallery is really a pleasure with great photos like this. :) Best wishes from Germany, Juri.

Christos Theodorou on February 9, 2012

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

Renato Pantini on February 10, 2012

Wonderful B&W! Like!. Greetings, Renato.

Christos Theodorou on February 10, 2012

kerrick (Renato P.) - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Prospero Zanardi on February 17, 2012

Eccellente! Christos Theodorou Notevoli le luci e le ombre molto equilibrate. LIKE Saluti, Pros

Christos Theodorou on February 17, 2012

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

C.'s Augenweide on April 1, 2012

I like those old greek villages with their stone houses very much. Nice picture! Kind regards from Vienna! Christiane

Christos Theodorou on April 1, 2012

C.'s Augenweide - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Haggs on April 9, 2012

Very good b/w image Like

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