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 (176)

Thanh Nguyen Tran on January 21, 2012

Nice composition. Krgs, nguyentran

Buts Yuri on January 21, 2012

LIKED-98! Beautiful photo! Greetings from Ukraine, Yuri.

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Michal Jirásek

Dorit Yannai

nguyentran

Buts_YV


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

Wojciech Noworyta on January 21, 2012

Very nice. L+F

Vasilis Anastopoulos on January 21, 2012

Ωραία εκκλησία. Αρέσει

Βασίλης

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Wojciech Noworyta

Vasilis Anastopoulos


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

Alexey Makhin on January 22, 2012

Hello, Christos!

Another great BW photo! :)

Like, greetings from Russia, Alexey.

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

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

Leyterhs Papapetros on January 22, 2012

ΥΠΕΡΟΧΗ Α103

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

. -----leyteris------. - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Jörg R. on January 22, 2012

A very nice b/w image !

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Warm greetings , Willy

Christos Theodorou on January 22, 2012

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

Richard Ryer on January 22, 2012

A very nice capture of the church. Cheers, Rich

Pom' Angers on January 23, 2012

j'M 105 cher Christos

Jan Pinkas on January 23, 2012

nice view...

Christos Theodorou on January 23, 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.

Наталья Гончарь on January 24, 2012

Величественная архитектура и прекрасная фотография! LK

Christos Theodorou on January 24, 2012

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

Bozor Magdi on January 25, 2012

Beautiful church and photo! Like

Best wishes

mustafa taşkın on January 25, 2012

Wonderful b/w & a nice view… lovely composition…LIKE

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