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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Comments (482)

Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on January 16, 2012

Beautiful street and stone houses. Nice shot and perspective.Like. Greetings from Sardinia (Italy) Canpao

Лена Москаленко on January 16, 2012

...Charming street:)


Warm greetings from Russia, Lena

birgitju on January 16, 2012

Tolle Gasse, Sehr schön in Szene gesetzt. LIKE Beste Grüße...Birgit

Fulcrum on January 16, 2012



Greetings from Slovakia, Niko.

asanloj on January 16, 2012

Great shot & amazing view. LIKE & ADDED FAVORITE. regards

Zabb Csaba on January 16, 2012

Beautiful view and a nice shot. Like.

Kind regards, Csaba

Bassam Jayousi on January 16, 2012

Wonderful place and capture. L+F

Greetings, Bassam

Merz_René on January 16, 2012

Beautiful framed little street, Like-24

Best wishes, René

Wojciech Noworyta on January 16, 2012

Very nice. L+F

stedinger85 on January 16, 2012

Lovely, Christos!

Like 27

Greetings Gerhard

patano on January 16, 2012

I like this shot, good subject and nice colors!

Congratulations, you earned my


Warm greetings from Paolo.

Have a nice day .

♥ Kama ♥ on January 16, 2012

✰✰✰✰ LK28 Pleasant image of the nice street, I like this pic - by ♥ Kama ♥

KWO Tsoumenis on January 16, 2012

Εξαιρετική γραφικότατη αποτύπωση από τη Στεμνίτσα, Χρήστο!

LIKE :-)

Faintlightofdawn on January 16, 2012

beautiful place, what a charming shot, liked, best wishes from London, Fai

c. bayernengel on January 16, 2012

schöne kleine Steingasse, like Liebe Grüße sendet dir bayernengel, aus Deutschland.

"Oasis" on January 16, 2012

Bonjour ami Christos; très belle photo de cette rue étroite, pavée de pierres, bordée de maisons recouvertes de pierres aussi...Très beau sujet avec de belles couleurs, superbe composition et perspective bien réussie...! Like+F. Je te souhaite une agréable soirée et beaucoup de joie. Amitiés du Québec, Claude

Dimitris Liapopoulos… on January 16, 2012

Υπέροχο δρομάκι, εξαιρετικά φωτογραφημένο.

Αρέσει 34

Χαιρετισμούς, Δημήτρης

Giorgos Gioutlakis on January 16, 2012

Γειά σου Χρήστο

Ομορφο και παραδοσιακό!


Ghiocela on January 16, 2012

So lovely view..! LIKE! Best wishes, Simona

Christos Theodorou on January 16, 2012


Jesus Miguel Balleros


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♥ Kama ♥

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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 / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

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    by Christos Theodorou
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