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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brko.jabuka on January 30, 2012

Very nice old street!

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Greetings, Petar

senmax on January 30, 2012

Very beautiful picture. LIKE.

elisabheta on January 30, 2012

Una callecita rustica y bonita vista,saludos.

Christos Theodorou on January 30, 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

Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on January 31, 2012

Beautiful view and elegant shot.

Well done, I like it.

Thanks for sharing.

makis_rom on January 31, 2012

Ομορφο θεμα, εξαιρετικη λήψη.

Αρέσει, Μακης.

Christos Theodorou on January 31, 2012

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

Arash Izadifar on January 31, 2012

Very Good

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Christos Theodorou on January 31, 2012

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Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch und Kommentare - Mit freundlichen Grüßen aus Athen / Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Majka44 on January 31, 2012

Wonderful photo of street.

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greetings,Majka

Dora V. on January 31, 2012

Preciosa imatge !! like!! Salutacions!!

Бобан Армуш (Boban A… on January 31, 2012

Very beautiful place & photo! L-287

All the best from Serbia, Boban

Suzen N on January 31, 2012

Remarkable and romantic town!Thank you to show it to us!Best wishes from Bulgaria!

Christos Theodorou on January 31, 2012

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Dora .

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▓ ☻ galloelprimo ☻ ▓ on January 31, 2012

Bello y tranquilo lugar se ve!! me gusta!! like 289

Francisco Jose Rios on January 31, 2012

Beautiful place and picture,excellent framing,perspective and colors.Magic composition.From Valencia Spain friendly greetings Fran.Favorite and like.

Christos Theodorou on January 31, 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

Matteo B on January 31, 2012

Good shot!

Like!

Best regards, matteberna

Ladush on February 1, 2012

Nice street. Like it. Lada

♥♫♥ TIFFANY ♥♫♥ on February 1, 2012

Marvelous picture and place too. LIKE

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