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Stemnitsa

45klm west of Tripoli lays this mountainous village, amphitheatrically built on the slopes of mountain Menalos at an altitude of 1100m. This is the capital community of the municipality Trikolonon. Builted between the fir forest in Menalos and the Lucius gorge, it is the unique destination for winter vacations for those who adore wild landscapes and seek for calmness. The traditional architecture, the Byzantine temples in combination with the cherry- trees, the nut- trees and the wild nature with the steep mountains will take every traveller a few years back. It was founded sometime before the 7th century AC and was then called Hepsos. Slavians, Ottomans and Franks concurred the territory and the morphology of the grounds made Stemnitsa the unique sanctuary for many Greek families during the Ottomanic domination. When in 1779 the Ottomans attacked the village, the inhabitants were saved under the guidance of Mother of Christ (as tradition says) and were sheltered in Moni Prodromu. The door of the Monastery still has marks from the attack. During the summer of 1821, the first Peloponnisian Senate was called here, in the Zoodohu Pigi Monastery, 2klm away from the village (builted in the 17th century) and Stemni-tsa was the first capital of the rebelled Greeks. The inhabitants developed the art of goldsmithing and silversmi-thing and there is still a workshop sheltered in a stone- builted house in which the art is passed onto the new gene-rations. Visit the folklore Museum and find out about the way of life. Visit the post Byzantine churches Zoodohu Pigi, Tris Ierarhes, Agios Nikolaos, Panagia Bafero on the hill called Kastro, because of the Medieval castle that stood there. Several are the locations around you can take daily excursions

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