Peloponissos, Stemnitsa - walking alone (study on a b & w photo)

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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.

(from Wikipedia)

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Comments (198)

Christos Theodorou on February 8, 2012

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

Lele Besostri on February 10, 2012

beautiful photo!

Christos Theodorou on February 10, 2012

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

kostas papantoniou-V… on February 11, 2012

Πολύ ενδιαφέρον το αποτέλεσμα Χρήστο!

Christos Theodorou on February 11, 2012

kostas papantoniou - Η επεξεργασία είναι στο Nero, δεν μπορούσα να κάνω κάτι καλύτερο, και όταν έφθασα σ' αυτό το σημείο σταμάτησα και την έβαλα στο Panoramio για να δω και τις αντιδράσεις και τα σχόλια. Άλλοι από περέργεια, άλλοι από συνήθεια και άλλλοι επειδή ίσως τους άρεσε, τις έδωσαν αρκετές θεάσεις μέσα σε 20 ημέρες. Ευχαριστώ για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο, καλό βράδυ και μία όμορφη Κυριακή.

Erol Barutçugil on February 12, 2012

An enchanting place.Successful B&W photo. Like. Greetings.Erol

Christos Theodorou on February 12, 2012

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

Jerry Taylor on February 14, 2012

A very intriguing B&W . Thank you for sharing it. Jerry

Christos Theodorou on February 14, 2012

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

Milan Rapaić on February 24, 2012

Hey Christos, all the romantic time are expired from the stone on the street ;)

Christos Theodorou on February 24, 2012

Milan Rapaić - I know that, but I could not repair it!

Kostia Semytskyi on February 27, 2012

Шикарне фото. Особливо в ч/б

Christos Theodorou on February 27, 2012

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

Haggs on April 9, 2012

Very beautiful image very nicely taken shot Like

Christos Theodorou on April 9, 2012

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

psonja on February 18, 2014

very well done L

regards from Sonja

Christos Theodorou on February 18, 2014

psonja - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on May 4, 2015


Many thanks for your visit and comments – Greetings from Athens - Christos

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  • Uploaded on January 20, 2012
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/10/23 12:08:35
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash