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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vladanscekic- NO Vie… on January 15, 2012

Beautiful old street !


Greetings, Vladan

Christos Panagiotou on January 15, 2012


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Patricia pato on January 16, 2012

Qué hermoso lugar!! me gusta!! LIKE!-Saludos cordiales-Pato

Reza Hekmat on January 16, 2012

Beautiful view.

very nice shot.


Pom' Angers on January 16, 2012

très belle Christos, like

volnat on January 16, 2012

Very beautiful old street. LIKE. Best wishes, volnat.

lurdesa_ on January 16, 2012



Rafl on January 16, 2012

ILIE oh good ols street with lamp! rafl

Panos Mourlas on January 16, 2012


Phorus on January 16, 2012

so beautiful :-)

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on January 16, 2012

Beautiful old street, good shot. Like.

Greetings from Budapest, Viktor

kiaksar on January 16, 2012

Silent and cozy street! Very nice photo! L I K E

Greetings, kiaksar

Manos Mastrogiorgis on January 16, 2012

Πολύ ωραίο καλντερίμι Χρήστο. Επιτυχής η αναπαλαίωση και τα φωτιστικά.

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pepe luis spain on January 16, 2012

Very nice photo, old street I LIKE...

             Greetings, pepe luis
Christos Theodorou on January 16, 2012










Panos Mourlas




Manos Mas

pepe luis spain

Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Achiper on January 16, 2012

Hello Christos,
Beautiful rural scene.
Good shot, LIKE

Christos Theodorou on January 16, 2012

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

sea-herdorf (♂) - VI… on January 16, 2012

wie viele Menschen - in welchen Epochen - haben diesen Weg schon betreten - sehr schön eingestellt - like - best regards from Germany - sea herdorf

Jesus Miguel Ballero… on January 16, 2012

nice street and pic


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  • Uploaded on January 15, 2012
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/10/23 11:58:26
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash