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Dimitsana (Greek: Δημητσάνα) is a mountain village and a former municipality in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Gortynia, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[1] It is built on the ruins of the ancient town Teuthis. Its population is 730.


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Dimnitsana is built on a mountain slope above the river Lousios, at about 950 m elevation. It is located 53 km east of Pyrgos, 31 km northwest of Tripoli, 23 km northwest of Megalopoli and 17 km northeast of Andritsaina. The village has a school, a historical library, several churches, a post office, an open air water-power museum,[2] an open amphitheater, hotels and a square.

Dimitsana

Subdivisions

The municipal unit Dimitsana is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

Dimitsana (Dimitsana, Karkalou, Moni Aimyalon i Filosofou, Palaiochori)
Melissopetra
Panagia
Rados
Rizospilia (Rizospilia, Kato Rizospilia)
Zatouna (Zatouna, Vlongos, Markos)
Zigovisti

With 611 inhabitants (2001 census), Dimitsana is the largest village of the community Dimitsana. Karkalou, 6 km northeast of Dimitsana, had 75 inhabitants in 2001. Palaiochori, 1 km south of Dimitsana, had 39 inhabitants in 2001.
Population history
Year Village Community Municipal unit
1981 - 760 -
1991 - 739 1,529
2001 611 730 1,337

Dimitsana

Angelos Theodoropoulos, Houses of Dimitsana

Notable people

Germanos, metropolitan bishop of Patras (1771–1826)
Gregory V (1746–1821), Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Theophanes III (1570-1644), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
Tassos Gritsopoulos, historian
Archbishop Ieremias of Gortyna

Communities

Michail Oikonomou, 1873


References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation description of the museum

External links

Municipality of Dimitsana (official site, pages in Greek and in English)
Dimitsana
Dimitsana in Gortynia (in Greek)
GTP - Dimitsana
GTP - Dimitsana municipality
Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation open air water-power museum

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