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Journey - Stemnitsa - Traditional village in Greek countryside

View of Stemnitsa village in the Pellopponese Greece

Last weekend we visited the heart of the Peloponese and in particular a traditional village called Stemnitsa in the Arcadia region, built on a rough rocky mountainous terrain at an elevation of 1080m.

The view as we entered the village was breathtaking - a meandering complex of approximately 500 masonry houses built on hilly cliffs. As we wandered around the streets of the village we came across a number of spring fountains with fresh clean drinkable water. Midst the "center-line" of the village was a channel with plenty of water running downhill. I kept on thinking how lucky can someone be to live so close to running water like that, or enjoy a nice relaxing evening on a patio and being able to hear the running water! It was quite clear that this village was once a very lively and rich one. However, at present the vast majority of the houses are renovated and very well kept summer residences. Amongst the houses is a school for gold-and-silversmiths - its door is a great display of craftmanship. The door to any building is one of the key features I always notice. A door can spark one's imagination about what is behind it and as such, a beautifully crafted door has a lot to say about the work that is being carried out in that school. 

Another view of the Stemnitsa village
A view of the village
School of gold-and-silversmiths
School of gold-and-silversmiths

Detail of a door at the silversmiths' school
Detail of the door

An old sewing machine in a house den
An old sewing machine aging with grace in the den of our friend's house
All imagery by Velvet

Special thanks must be attributed to our kind host and friend for his hospitality.


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