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

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Original picture in b&w

Personnal work using "Nero"

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)

pepe oliva on January 21, 2012

También le sienta bien el BW. Saludos.

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012



pepe oliva

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

Carmen T. on January 21, 2012

Beautiful picture in B / N, I like it!


Greetings and good weekend, Carmen

Buts Yuri on January 21, 2012

LIKED-33! Beautiful photo! Greetings from Ukraine, Yuri.

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012




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

Teunis Haveman on January 21, 2012

Beautiful B&W painting


rg teunis

Heinz Peierl on January 21, 2012

Gefällt mir.


Viele Grüße von der Mosel


dimitris koskinas on January 21, 2012

Καταπληκτική φωτογραφία Xρήστο

Α χαιρετισμούς από τη Ρόδο Δημήτρης

PhotoPhotis on January 21, 2012

Εξαιρετική μαυρόασπρη φωτό Χρήστο. Υπέροχες φωτοσκιάσεις. Χαιρετισμούς Φώτης

Vasilis Anastopoulos on January 21, 2012

Πολύ όμορφες ασπρόμαυρες αποχρώσεις. Ωραία φωτογραφία. Αρέσει

Χάρηκα που συναντηθήκαμε.

Χαιρετισμούς από το Γέρακα, Βασίλης

orange T on January 21, 2012

Nice and interesting photo. I like it!

Greetings: Krisztina

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on January 21, 2012

Very beautiful b&w photo. Very elegant shot.


Best wishes, İsmail

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on January 21, 2012

and YS...

christian caffin on January 21, 2012

Une très jolie réalisation! J'aime beaucoup! Amitiés, Christian

leone marino on January 21, 2012

Very beautiful study, Christos! like & YS! Warm greetings, leone marino

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2012

Many thanks to all of you for your recent visits and your kind comments. Best regards from Athens - Christos / Je vous rémercie tous pour votre récentes visites et les commentaries. Amitiés d’ Athènes - Christos. / Ευχαριστώ θερμά όλους σας για τις πρόσφατες επισκέψεις και τα σχόλια σας. Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα - Χρήστος.

Zlatan Lipljanac on January 22, 2012


Greetings, Zatan

M.Salih ÖZBUDAK on January 22, 2012

Very well framed shot. I prefer watching it with colours my friend.

Thanks for sharing. GREETINGS. Salih

Evgeny Shmelev on January 22, 2012

Hello, Christos! Very nice old-style image, L, greetings, Eugene

Ronny aus Lechbruck on January 22, 2012

Wow, thats a beautyful black and white stuy, like!

Greetings from Ronny

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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