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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Comments (174)

auoob -farabi on January 14, 2012

Hello my friend!

This is a very beautiful photo,



ТАЈГА on January 14, 2012

Wonderful details


Christos Theodorou on January 14, 2012

auoob -farabi

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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

Səməd on January 14, 2012

Fine and artistic! I liked.

javad aleali on January 14, 2012

Great photo


Christos Theodorou on January 14, 2012


javad Ale ali

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

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József Rózsa on January 15, 2012

Hello Christos !

Beautiful place and shot !!! Like !!


MAPP HUDRANS on January 15, 2012

Beautiful photo, like!

Best wishes, Magdalena

kurt Oblak on January 15, 2012

Like 46,für das Bild,gruß KURT

Teunis Haveman on January 15, 2012

Beautiful Building


gr Teunis

Mehmet Güçlü on January 15, 2012

Nice angle and framing. Like

Best wishes, OLYMPIST

Farkas István on January 15, 2012

L I K E ! Kind regards,István.

♥ Kama ♥ on January 15, 2012

✰✰✰✰ LK50 Pleasant detailed B&W job, I like this pic - by ♥ Kama ♥

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on January 15, 2012

Very nice composition, beautiful B/W photo. Like.

Greetings from Budapest, Viktor

Christos Theodorou on January 15, 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.

kiselyushka on January 15, 2012

L-52, hi, Christos, beautiful picture, warm greetings from Ukraine, Vladimir

Christos Theodorou on January 15, 2012

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

vladanscekic on January 15, 2012

Beautiful church and photo!


Greetings, Vladan

Reza Hekmat on January 16, 2012

Beautiful place.

very nice shot.


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    by Christos Theodorou
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