5th BSEC Month of Culture
1-30 November 2021
Monuments - North Macedonia
Golem Grad is a beautiful island located in the centre of the highest tectonic lake on the Balkans, Great Prespa Lake, a few kilometers from the Greek and Albanian borders. It is also known as ‘’Snake Island’’, because it has a high concentration of (harmless) water snakes. The inhabited island is part of the Galičica National Park and has tortoises, cormorants and pelicans. During the medieval times, there was a monastery complex. Now, visitors can see the battered church of St Peter, which dates to the 14th century and bears remnants of frescoes, the remaining stumps of a Roman house, the overgrown foundations of a couple of early Christian Basilicas dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, and an impressive waterside ruin of a 4th-century Roman cistern. In addition, hiking and boat tripping are the two activities which tourists prefer.
Photos taken from: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/north-macedonia/galicica-national-park/attractions/golem-grad/a/poi-sig/1545249/1341542 and https://www.booking.com/articles/europe-most-enchanting-lake-islands.html
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