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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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leo1383 on January 12, 2012

Like,beautiful and interesting shot,greetings Leo

Christos Theodorou on January 12, 2012

leo1383 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Marco Balsinha on January 12, 2012

Boa foto, Gostei, cumprimentos de Portugal

M.Salih ÖZBUDAK on January 12, 2012

Very well taken B&W capture.


乾龍 on January 13, 2012

Beautiful shot

I like

Best wishes from Taiwan


PhotoPhotis on January 13, 2012

Πανέμορφη η μαυρόασπρη εκκλησία με τιςφωτοσκιάσεις, Χρήστο.Αρέσει πολύ. Φιλικούς χαιρετισμούς Φώτης

Rafl on January 13, 2012

ILIKE super!!! regards Rafl

Sandra Vilumsone on January 13, 2012


5VIKT on January 13, 2012

Excellent photo! Like !

Ocminter No Views oc… on January 13, 2012

Magnifico B/N


Un gran saludo, Octavio

Olivier Mercier on January 13, 2012

Toujours de belles vues de ce beau pays !!

Faintlightofdawn on January 13, 2012

very classy B&W, liked, best wishes from London, Fai, L11

hossein_m on January 13, 2012

Magnificent image!


stett3 on January 13, 2012

Terrific foto. I like the use of b&w. Greetings from California, Michael

nino evola on January 13, 2012

Very good picture






A dear greetings from italy


Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on January 13, 2012

Very nice and interesting B&W.Like.I wish you a nice weekend, Greetings canpao

Christos Theodorou on January 13, 2012

Many thanks to all of you for your recent visits and your kind comments. Best regards from Athens - Christos / Je vous rémercie tous pour votre récentes visites et les commentaries. Amitiés d’ Athènes - Christos. / Ευχαριστώ θερμά όλους σας για τις πρόσφατες επισκέψεις και τα σχόλια σας. Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα - Χρήστος.

Charlotte Boutros De… on January 13, 2012


Very wonderful Photo, FAVORITE+LIKE.

Warm Wishes from Lebanon.


Eliton Sloma on January 13, 2012

Belíssima foto. Muito bonita. Belo registro.


Saudações Ueliton.

Dimitris Liapopoulos… on January 13, 2012

Υπέροχη Α/Μ φωτο και αυτή.

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Χαιρετισμούς, Δημήτρης

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    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
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