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 January 28, 2012

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Anto & Pier

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Sofia kawka do Prado


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

Christos Theodorou on January 28, 2012

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

drku on January 29, 2012

Sehr schöner Blick in die Gasse, Like 270.

Freundliche Grüße aus Deutschland, Klaus

Сергей Миронов on January 29, 2012

Очень симпатичная фотография..

Christos Theodorou on January 29, 2012

drku

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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

taxmi on January 29, 2012

Wonderful colours and view!

Greetings from Poland!

Eliseo.mc on January 29, 2012

Christos: LIKE 272 para estas históricas calles del Peloponeso.

bablenam on January 29, 2012

Charming looking place. Beautiful photo. Like

© Bear on January 29, 2012

very pittoresque. like

Christos Theodorou on January 29, 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.

Cesar Bordón V. on January 29, 2012

Wonderful photo, I like - Greetings: Cesar

ériimi on January 29, 2012

Wonderful street detail, very nice photo!

Greetings from Hungary, Imre

Christos Theodorou on January 29, 2012

CGBORDON

ériimi


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

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on January 30, 2012

Wonderful street view !

I like it! My friendly greeting,Natuska

Christos Theodorou on January 30, 2012

Bánfalvi Suzi Natuska - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

© Mustafa ERKEK on January 30, 2012

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Christos Theodorou on January 30, 2012

© Mustafa ERKEK - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

LEIRE13 on January 30, 2012

Like nº 278.

Nice place and photo.

Salud2...from Spain...

Петар Бојић on January 30, 2012

Very nice old street!

L-279

Greetings, Petar

senmax on January 30, 2012

Very beautiful picture. LIKE.

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