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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 (176)

Luca Salieri on January 17, 2012

Elegant b&w photo, nice shot.

Like!

Sincere greetings from Rome Luca

Christos Theodorou on January 17, 2012

KxKosmas

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Sylvain Pichette on January 17, 2012

Very nice shot with a beautiful composition, Christos

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My best greetings, MonPiche

Bermard Agulo on January 18, 2012

Very nice shot!

F4 + L73

best wishes,

Bernardo

Very beautiful church!!! Like!

Best wishes from Macedonia.

Christos Theodorou on January 18, 2012

MonPiche

Silverhead

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Benni w on January 18, 2012

.....this one ,too :)

spyros72 on January 19, 2012

Πανέμορφη ασπρόμαυρη φωτό!!! Αρέσει.

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

BennOe

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Nadia Kushnir on January 19, 2012

LIKE!

juncux2 on January 19, 2012

VERY NICE SHOT. LIKE

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

Loewenkind

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lurdesa_ on January 19, 2012

great foto and lovely color friend.-like .-

lurdesa

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

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

Luisa Gila Merino on January 19, 2012

Bonita en B/N, buena composición lk

Saludos cordiales desde España, Luisa.

WiJarn on January 20, 2012

Very beautiful photo, nice shot. Like

Greetings from Thailand.

dziwnowik on January 20, 2012

I ♥ this photo !!!!

     **L** was alerdy

♥ ♥ ♥ Pozdrowienia z Dziwnowa , Peterek ♥ ♥ ♥

No Views!! J.Kulik on January 20, 2012

Witam!!..Bardzo piękne zdjęcie!!!LIKE.Pozdrawiam serdecznie i dziękuję za wizytę,Janusz

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

Luisa Gila Merino

WIJARN

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K@rin on January 20, 2012

hello Christos beautiful composed view , Very nice the B/W for it, great photo, like, best wishes Karin

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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/10/23 11:33:35
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