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 (479)

elisabheta on March 28, 2012

Rustica y muy linda calle.

Christos Theodorou on March 28, 2012

elisabheta - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

H.İbrahim Üzmezoğlu on March 28, 2012

Mükemmel çekim,çok güzel sokak.LIKE.Selamlar

Christos Theodorou on March 28, 2012

H.İbrahim Üzmezoğlu - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Jessie Kotini on April 2, 2012

Πολύ όμορφο στενάκι και εξαιρετική απεικόνιση! Αρέσει! Χαιρετισμούς, Τζέση

Christos Theodorou on April 3, 2012

jessie kotini - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς

josesalvador on April 7, 2012

me gusta mucho, se respira tranquilidad

Christos Theodorou on April 7, 2012

josesalvador - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens - HAPPY EASTER

Vince Szabo on April 8, 2012

... nice street, good shot! L 330


Greetings from Slovakia! √ince

Christos Theodorou on April 9, 2012

szaboo.vince - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens - HAPPY EASTER

AcheG on April 14, 2012

Beautiful place, nice composition!Greetings from Paris

Christos Theodorou on April 18, 2012

AcheG - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Raul.SG on April 18, 2012

Una preciosodad llena de encanto. Me gusta. Mis mejores deseos. Raul

Christos Theodorou on April 18, 2012

Raul.SG - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Zofjanka on April 29, 2012

Really beautiful place, nice composition!

Christos Theodorou on April 29, 2012

Zofjanka - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

manfred58 on April 30, 2012

Wonderful old lane!

Marin Stanisic on April 30, 2012

Excellent composition dear Christos - L334. Best regards from Karlovac, Croatia. Marin

Christos Theodorou on April 30, 2012

manfred58

Marin Stanisic


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

nunila77 on May 17, 2012

Me gusta este lugar. Like. Saludos desde Madrid

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