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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Christos Theodorou on February 1, 2012

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

Mirka Schärfnerová on February 2, 2012

Very good choice of B&W for this architecture. Beautifully stand out the shapes. 118th like. Many greetings, Mirka.

Christos Theodorou on February 2, 2012

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

Bérangère Tiaffay on February 2, 2012

Même en noir et blanc les images de la Grèce sont belles! On y sent le soleil! J'aime 120. Amitiés, Bérangère

Christos Theodorou on February 2, 2012

Bérangère Tiaffay - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Mark Kreuz on February 8, 2012

Great shot!

Christos Theodorou on February 8, 2012

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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

zyz . on February 9, 2012

Very like!

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Christos Theodorou on February 9, 2012

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

Esztella on February 10, 2012

They are good in black and white photos!

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Horváth “hfoto” Lász… on February 23, 2012

Greece is wonderful Christos! This photo is a litle Greece:)) L + ys+ F. Greetings Laci from Budapest

Christos Theodorou on February 23, 2012

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Hayk Nahapet on April 4, 2012

126/9

Beautiful and harmonious style of the buildings!

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Christos Theodorou on April 5, 2012

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Christos Theodorou on January 4, 2014

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