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45 km west of Tripoli and at an altitude of 1100 meters is Stemnitsa, a picturesque mountain village,

one of the most beautiful and historic villages of Arcadia and the Peloponnese. Declared as a historic preserved settlement since 1985, it is a landmark for its natural beauty but mainly for its stone mansions, views of the Lousios Gorge, its picturesque cobbled streets, its old churches and its traditional shops.
Stemnitsa's story begins in the depths of the centuries under the name Ipsius, which lasts until the middle of the 7th century AD. century. The word Stemnitsa is Slavic in origin and means woodland. The Slavs, the Franks and the Turks pass through the area successively. The city flourished during the Turkish occupation. Important families from other places fled here to avoid the conqueror, as mountainous and steep terrain made access difficult.
It was declared the first capital of revolutionary Greece, and on May 26, 1821, the First Peloponnesian Senate was established here. The long tradition of metal art gave birth to the great Public School of Goldsmiths and featured rare professions and arts such as engravers, blacksmiths and goldsmiths.
There is a rich folklore museum in the village, housed in the Hatzi mansion and features representations of traditional occupation laboratories, as well as the Nicoletopoulos Spiritual Center, housed in the renovated elementary school. The beautiful central square of the village is dominated by the bell tower of St. George, made of white stone and built in 1877. Next to it is the beautiful building of the Town Hall of Trikolon.
The natural location of the village between the fir forest of Mainalo and the gorge of Lousios, its picturesque nature and its proximity to the sights of the wider area make it an ideal place for winter vacations and summer resort.
Stemnitsa, along with Dimitsana and Vitina, is a central attraction throughout the Mainalo region with a rich tradition and significant history.

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