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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♥ ♥ Osho Angel ♥ ♥ on January 26, 2012

ένα πολύ όμορφο δρόμο

ιστορική και μυστικιστική.

Σας ευχαριστώ

Christos Theodorou on January 26, 2012

♥♥ Osho Melek ♥♥ - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Goldfoto on January 26, 2012

I like this characteristic small streets in Greece ... like257...Many Greetings and best wishes from Germany!

Christos Theodorou on January 26, 2012

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

Zygmunt Czarnecki on January 26, 2012

Beautiful street and stone houses. LIKE

Greetings from Poland. Zygmunt.

clisha00 on January 26, 2012

Great shot... Kind greetings... LIKE

Małgorzata Kasiewicz on January 26, 2012

Beautiful place, nice composition!

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Christos Theodorou on January 26, 2012

Zygmunt Czarnecki

clisha00

Małgorzata Kasiewicz


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

naveen sharma on January 27, 2012

Awesome beauty of great place *like,cheers navsha

Charlotte Boutros De… on January 27, 2012

Hello

Beautiful Photo, LIKE.

Have a nice weekend. Warm Wishes from Lebanon.

CHARLOTTE

Christos Theodorou on January 27, 2012

naveen sharma

Charlotte B Deghlawi


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

kilsonRJ on January 27, 2012

belissima composição,,parabens

Christos Theodorou on January 27, 2012

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

aman412 on January 28, 2012

Again wonderful composition Christos. LIKE-264 I truly love watching your gallery. Warm greetings,Aman

Christos Theodorou on January 28, 2012

aman412 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

BertKg on January 28, 2012

Beautiful scenery my friend ! Like. Warm regards from Holland, Bert

Christos Theodorou on January 28, 2012

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

nikduserm.com on January 28, 2012

So calm.

like it...

:-) nik

Anto & Pier on January 28, 2012

Beautiful composition. Like 266

Greetings from Italia, Anto & Pier

Argenna on January 28, 2012

Nice photo and composition. Like.

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