Welcome to Dimitsana
Built like an amphitheatre on two hills at the beginning of the Lousios Gorge, Dimitsana, 11km north of Stemnitsa, is a delightful medieval village. This small place played a significant role in the country’s struggle for self-determination. Its Greek school, founded in 1764, was an important spawning ground for the ideas leading to the uprisings against the Turks. Its students included Bishop Germanos of Patra and Patriarch Gregory V, who was hanged by the Turks in retaliation for the massacre in Tripoli. The village also had a number of gunpowder factories and a branch of the secret Filiki Eteria (Friendly Society), where Greeks met to discuss the revolution. Today, this sleepy village is hiker central in summer and full of skiing weekenders in winter.