Peloponissos, Dimitsana - le temps a passé

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Dimitsana is built on the top of a hill at an altitude of 950 meters from the southern side of which provide wonderful views of the plain of Megalopolis and Taygetos. It is the head of the expanded municipality of Gortynia, and until recently was the seat of the municipality Dimitsana. The story begins during the Homeric times, when the place was the small town of Arcadia Tefthis.

It is a community with the villages of Paleochora and Karkalou and the monasteries of Aimialon and Philosopher, with a total population of 740 inhabitants. Dimitsana before the war had a double population, in 1960 had 2,000 inhabitants, but many Dimitsanites migrated and settled in America, Australia and elsewhere.

Dimitsana during the Turkish occupation played an important role in the "secret school" and in 1821 with "gunpowder Dimitsanitiko" manufactured. It is homeland of the martyr Patriarch Gregory V, whose statue dominates the main square, which was donated by Maraslis, and the Bishop Paleon Patron Germanos, where both houses are preserved.

In the museum of Dimitsana housed in the Library exposed textiles, looms, folk art and archaeological collections. Just outside of the village there is an Open Water Power Museum, which aims to highlight the traditional water power motion plantations, that were formerly very prevalent in the region.

In the place of the current Dimitsana was the ancient Arcadian city Tefthis which had participated in the Trojan war and the colonization of Megalopolis.

In 963 AD founded the Abbey of Philosopher 2.5 km outside Dimitsana. Dimitsana name was first mentioned in 967 AD in a patriarchal document relating to the monastery Philosopher. In 1764 a wise monk Agapios, built a library and moved the books from the monastery. The library grew continuously until 1821, because the Patriarchate gave new books to Dimitsana, where operated a bishop school that became known by the name "Tutorial Greek Letters". The School of Dimitsana operated from 1764 and graduated from it many bishops and scholars, among them Gregory V and Paleon Patron Germanos.

During the war of 1821, much of the library was destroyed, as the Greeks needed the paper to make cartridges at the 14 gunpowder mills of Dimitsana, who worked day and night feeding the militants. For this reason Dimitsana called "powder magazine of the Hellenic Nation."

(from Wikipedia)

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Victoria Vitkovska on February 12, 2012

great photo, Christos. Well done!

Christos Theodorou on February 12, 2012

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

Manol Manoman on February 15, 2012

Magnificent image! Like & ☆ ! ... 【ツ】 Greetings from Bulgaria, Manol

Buts Yuri on February 15, 2012

Beautiful picture! LIKE-103! Many greetings, Buts_YV.

Christos Theodorou on February 15, 2012

Manol Manoman


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

Verner Gregory on February 16, 2012

Uma bela visão, uma ótima fotografia de um ângulo diferente. Saudações do sul do Brasil.

Christos Theodorou on February 16, 2012

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

givan_66 on February 27, 2012

Nice B/W-photo & composition. L104 greetings Ivan

Christos Theodorou on February 27, 2012

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Panos Mourlas on March 1, 2012

Πανέμορφη φωτογραφία!


Τις καλύτερες ευχές μου !!!

Christos Theodorou on March 1, 2012

Panos Mourlas - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Tomber on May 18, 2012

Wunderschön. LIKE & FAVORIT. VLG von TOMBER.

Christos Theodorou on May 18, 2012

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Miguel Bortfeldt on October 1, 2012

Nice B&W shot. Interesting composition. Like. Best wishes, Miguel.

Christos Theodorou on October 1, 2012

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