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Greece, Stemnitsa, Prodromou Monastery

Greece, Stemnitsa, Prodromou Monastery
The Prodromou Monastery (Moni Timíou Prodrómou - Μονή Τιμίου Προδρόμου) is one of the most famous monasteries in the Peloponnese. The particularly picturesque and visually stunning monastery is situated on/against the eastern cliffs of the Lousios River Gorge with its stone buildings and ramshackle wooden balconies, seeming to hang from the overhanging cliffside. The three-storied east and south wings and the two-storied north wing contain cells, storerooms, and service areas.

It is said to date back to the year of 1167, but reliable sources estimate the foundation somewhere in the 16th century. The monastery is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, who in the Orthodox tradition is usually called Pródromos (the Forerunner, meaning the one who came before Jesus). The monastery houses a literally hidden gem: a very small (2.25 x 4.90 m) domed, rock hewn church (PiP 3) with an iconostasis from the 16th century; frescoes were painted directly on the rock walls (PiP 4) outside the church.

Due to its inaccessible location Moni Prodromou played a large role in the Greek War of Independence in 1821 as a medical and supply station for the Greek soldiers and as refuge for civilians. The original door is still intact and the bullet holes are indicative of the fighting that occurred in this area.

The monastery still houses a monk community and during our visit we were welcomed by one of them with Greek coffee, water, bread and honey sweet loukoumia. It can be reached from the main road between Stemnitsa and Dimitsana through a 7 km long particularly steep, winding and narrow road and a 15 minutes walk.

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HFF Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, wonderful series of pictures, Jaap !!! The place is very impressive!!!! HFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
extraordinaires ces constructions à flanc de falaise ! belles photos Jaap !
bon week-end ! Amitiés♫
3 years ago.
Fantastic place, great capture...
3 years ago.
Adele club
Very impressive place and great series showing its beauty!
HFF Jaap and a nice weekend
3 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
HFF Jaap....great PiP's.
Have a good weekend :))
3 years ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Impressive and beautiful shot!!!!!!
3 years ago.
 Pat Del
Pat Del club
C'est vertigineux ce monastère !
3 years ago.
 Alda - not often here
Alda - not often her…
very cool architecture and structures!
3 years ago.
Gudrun club
What a setting for a monastery! HFF, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Images impressionnantes ! Bravo !
3 years ago.
wow!!!sacre mérite pour y accéder
3 years ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club
...WOW...really imposing...wonderful PiPs***...HFF...
3 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Terrific shot and great pov, HFF Jaap
3 years ago.
Boro club
Excellentes !!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Atemberaubende Anblicke und Einblicke Jaap...sowas seh ich mir sehr gerne an! HFF ;)
3 years ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Sehr Schön und Sehr Interessant!
3 years ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Wooow!!! Bonan semajnfinon Jaap:)))
3 years ago.
Jenasis44 club
Wow, there are fences and then there are Fences!! Love knowing the history of this fascinating place. HFF Jaap:-)
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
HFF, Jaap !
3 years ago.
 Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Fantastic photograph Jaap,eddie,
3 years ago.
tiabunna club
Quite an amazing place and fascinating information. HFF, Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Dick M
Dick M
Wow! How do you find these places? Good work!
3 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Dick M
Reading and googling !!
3 years ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
what a stunning place, wow
3 years ago.
 Cheryl Beal
Cheryl Beal club
Oh my word Jaap did you venture up there.......it's amazing!!!! HFF to you!
3 years ago.
Valfal club
Wow, what an amazing place; how did they build all that on a sheer cliff?!
HFF and a good weekend to you, Jaap! :-)
3 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wow! awesome capture, great pov.
3 years ago.
 Uwe Klimpke
Uwe Klimpke club
Sehr beeindruckend, was die Erbauer dieser Anlage geleistet haben, toll.
Schöne grüße, Uwe
3 years ago.
LutzP club
...wow, very impressive shot and PIPs, Jaap. HFF and have a nice weekend
3 years ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
Beeindruckend, wie das Kloster in den Fels hineingebaut wurde.
3 years ago.
That is amazing Jaap, have a wonderful weekend
3 years ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Outstanding picture and as usual the very good note.
Thank you Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Smaller but no less remarkable than the monasteries at Meteora. Great series.
3 years ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
Excellent series and information Jaap.
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
HFF and have a great weekend!
Terrific place and shot!
3 years ago.
 Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth club
Beautiful photograph, Jaap. What a rich history to it all. Thank you for sharing.
3 years ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Beau cadrage sur ce monastère troglodyte !!
3 years ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Stunning construction! HFF, Jaap!
3 years ago.
Ecobird club
How amazing Jaap - it looks very precariously balanced up there against the cliff face. Great shots and lovely detail. HFF to you. Have a good weekend
3 years ago.
Vertigineux ! Amitiés, Richard
3 years ago.
sea-herdorf club
ähnliche orthodoxe Klöster und Einsiedeleien habe ich auch im Westjordanland gesehen, Jaap,
freundliche Grüße
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Danielle club
Admirable et j'en ai le vertige :-)
3 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Incredible place !
3 years ago.
 Françoise Gage
Françoise Gage
Realy great!
3 years ago.
Schussentäler club
a very intersting place, thank you for showing
3 years ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Great shot ans POV Jaap I would love to visit this place
3 years ago.
Capture impressive
3 years ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
really spectacular place and pictures
3 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
Really impressive !
Excellent perspective and photograph,Jaap ! *******
3 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Photo très intéressante. Cordialement. Nicole.
3 years ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... another entry in Encyclopedia Ipernity ... and the PiP's are great (the one at top left especially) ... wow, and thanks for posting photos and description ...
3 years ago.
 Der Wandersmann
Der Wandersmann
3 years ago.
Berny club
Tolle Serie mit den PiP's!
3 years ago.
Esther club
Wonderful angle for the main photo and amazing history.
3 years ago.
 Vicente López García
Vicente López García club
Es realmente impresionante.
3 years ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Whoa. That's amazing!
3 years ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful series. An amazing monastery. I have never seen this. Thanks for sharing!
3 years ago.
Extra !
Fraîcheur assuré à l'intérieur !
3 years ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Most certainly somewhat remote ... one must not have a fear of heights, either.
Beautiful photo and PiP ....
3 years ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Unglaubliche Architektur. Die Erbauer hatten wohl ein großes Sicherheitsbedürnis.
3 years ago.
 Kama 56
Kama 56
au plus prêt de leurs dieux
3 years ago.
micritter club
A fantastic series of images and a interesting history. An amazing construction in the steep, precipitous mountain side. Thank you for sharing.
3 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
wonderful report
3 years ago.
ROL/Photo club
Superbe aussi, l'angle est magnifique,
un endroit que j'aimerai aussi visiter
3 years ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
A beautiful series of shots, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Riet Van Vliet
Riet Van Vliet club
Prachtig Jaap Ik begrijp dat je vast veel reist, dat bewijzen de vele mooie foto's wel en dan die aparte vakjes erbij dat je het nog kan uitvergroten.
3 years ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Fantastic series, Jaap!
3 years ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
A fascinating series of pictures of this amazing historic site. Thanks for the history notes, well worth reading.

Best regards, Doug
3 years ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Hier Leben ist nicht für alle das richtige!
VG Walter
3 years ago.
A great shot of history knowledge!
3 years ago.
 Thomas Ring Carlsen
Thomas Ring Carlsen
Humans go living the most strange places. Great shot of a special place:D
3 years ago.
 Robert Tuffier
Robert Tuffier
belle prise de vue c est impressionnant
3 years ago.
 Agata Panifrau
Agata Panifrau
Niezwykłe miejsce:)
3 years ago.
 Yves Saulnier
Yves Saulnier club
Une région de Grèce magnifique.
3 years ago.
 Uli F.
Uli F. club
Ein erstaunliches Kloster, Jaap! Die griechischen Mönche lieben es, ihre Klöster an oder auf höhen Felsen zu bauen. Sind sie Gott dort näher? Wir haben auf unserer Reise durch Griechenland die Meteora-Klöster besucht. Von diesem Kloster habe ich noch nie etwas gehört...
3 years ago.
 Rudy Bernardus
Rudy Bernardus
Mooie foto Jaap,wat een wonen niet,
3 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Rudy Bernardus
Ja. onvoorstelbaar en dan de weg er naartoe !!
3 years ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Very impressive place, Jaap !
3 years ago.

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