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 (178)

K@rin on January 20, 2012

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

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

K@rin - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

votoja cz on January 20, 2012

όμορφη εικόνα, πολύ ωραία - L - ♡ Χαιρετίσματα από την Τσεχία - Jaroslav

Zlatan Lipljanac on January 20, 2012

Nice shot!

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Greetings, Zlatan

ch. bebessi on January 20, 2012

I like this beautiful composition, greetings, ch.

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

votoja - CZ

zllaja

ch. bebessi


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

Godo Nikolov on January 20, 2012

Like. Nice composition.

Christos Theodorou on January 20, 2012

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

Stathis Chionidis on January 20, 2012

Ομορφη η ΑΜ ματια σου.Χαιρετισμους..ΣτΑθης

Zdzisław Ignarski on January 21, 2012

I like it. Greets oolalaa from Poland.

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Stathis Chionidis

oolalaa


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

Madame X on January 21, 2012

Hola!

Es una fotografía maravillosa. Muy buen trabajo.

Like.

Un abrazo,

Esther

nokristina on January 21, 2012

Nice shot! L. Greetings

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Madame X

nokristina


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

►Kάρταλος◄ on January 21, 2012

Ένα θέμα που αποδίδεται θαυμάσια στο α/μ...Α92!

Rosalia© on January 21, 2012

Christos, nice photo LIKE. Greetings, Rosalia

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

►Kάρταλος◄

Rosalia©


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

jknaus on January 21, 2012

Great choise of b/w! Nice capture, my friend!

Like, Joni

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

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

Michal Jirásek on January 21, 2012

Beautiful in black & white. Nice shot! like

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  • Uploaded on January 12, 2012
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/10/23 11:33:35
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 135.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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