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 (480)

Jesus Municio on February 1, 2012

Bella luz, color y encuadre. LK. Saludos.

Aori Ika on February 1, 2012

Very nice!   LIKE

Sincere greetings from aoriika(^_-)

Harry Taggart on February 1, 2012

Lovely scene. very nicely framed. Like 296, cheers scally from glasgow.

Christos Theodorou on February 1, 2012

matteberna

Ladush

♥♫♥ TIFFANY ♥♫♥

Jesús Municio

aoriika

Scally


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

IsabellaJ on February 1, 2012

Great photo and LIKE:))

Christos Theodorou on February 1, 2012

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

Horea Stoichita on February 2, 2012

Nice place...Like Best wishes,Sorin

TONY FODORA on February 2, 2012

Pekná fotka Gréckej ulice.Ďakujem za návštevu.Pozdravujem zo Slovenska.Tony

TONY FODORA on February 2, 2012

A samozrejme pridávam "L".Tony

Christos Theodorou on February 2, 2012

lionelsan

TONY FODORA


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

Manaure on February 4, 2012

hermosa y romantica vereda, excelente toma.

saludos pedro.

nswy2008 on February 4, 2012

Very beautiful!

Béla Somlai on February 4, 2012

Lovely shot, Christos! like#301

Your gallery is fantastic, you are on the list of my favourite photographers! Greetings from the very cold and snowy Hungary, Béla

Christos Theodorou on February 4, 2012

manaure

nswy2008

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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

varkos on February 5, 2012

Πολύ ωραία! Αρέσει!

Francine Verweij-Ban… on February 5, 2012

Beautiful alley with the lamps. I am sure during the night this path is well lighted.

LIKE & YS

Greetings,Francine

Christos Theodorou on February 5, 2012

varkos

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

roby b on February 5, 2012

like + fav

this street is adorable

greetings roby b

Christos Theodorou on February 5, 2012

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

Pepe_Ibanez on February 5, 2012

Un trabajo excelente, enhorabuena por la foto.

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Saludos desde Valencia (España)

Pepe

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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

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