Peloponissos, Stemnitsa - traditional houses

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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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Christos Theodorou on March 3, 2012

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

Cronos Cronosiv on March 7, 2012

Πολυ γραφικη εικονα με όμορφα χρώματα, Αρεσει!!

Christos Theodorou on March 7, 2012

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

Ricardo David Jusino… on March 16, 2012

Que rincón mas romantico,..es maravilloso! Saludos desde Puerto Rico.

Christos Theodorou on March 16, 2012

Ricardo David Jusino - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on March 22, 2012

taf51 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Luis Alberto Fernánd… on April 1, 2012

Good setting and nice place.

Regards,۩ Luis Alberto F.S.

Christos Theodorou on April 1, 2012

۩ Luis Alberto F.S. - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Paolo Bolchi on April 3, 2012

Splendida! Many greetings from Italy, Paolo

Christos Theodorou on April 4, 2012

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

Phoebus Apostolides on May 8, 2012

Visited Stemnitsa last year in a Citroen 2CV, had to use first gear to get up some of the mountains but was well worth the effort. The jewellery school there is interesting.

Christos Theodorou on May 8, 2012

Phoebus Apostolides - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς

Christos Theodorou on January 31, 2013

Shah Farhat - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

Adriana Bruno on May 11, 2013

LIKE, bella prospettiva! Un saluto, Adriana

Christos Theodorou on May 11, 2013

adriana bruno - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

Transit_PO on November 1, 2013

Very beautiful place! L&F!

Christos Theodorou on November 1, 2013

Transit_PO - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

Yusuf Yektin on May 3, 2014

a lovely place nicely taken shot greetings **L

Christos Theodorou on May 4, 2014

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

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