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Ohrid: legend of its lake

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Ohrid Lake is the main reason why you should visit Macedonia. The fact that it is UNESCO protected can be proof that we are now talking about a serious natural and unique beauty. If we remain reasonable, we should thank Nature for this creature. However, if we go a little bit more imaginative, we can discuss further whose “fault” it is for the formation of this jewelry like water surface. Here is the legend of one perfect lake.

Back then, where Ohrid Lake peacefully existed, there were beautiful flower fields where everyone around was proud. Ohrid people took special care of their fields by watering them with a special water. This water was coming from the water well and everyone in the town had to be very careful while using it. After use, one should cover the well with a stone slab, so that the water will not tip over in a huge amount and drown the flowers. People believed that when a young girl is watering the field, the flowers became even more beautiful. That was a tradition- every day a different girl gets ‘’the honor’’ or the task to water the field. The instructions were strict and constantly repeated. After a certain amount of water, the girl had to cover the well.

One girl got amazed by a boy who came and simply forgot to cover the well, as we can all expect. During the night the water came out and covered the beautiful flowers. Today, if you are lucky to be near the surface of this beautiful lake, you can have exactly the feeling of drowning in an infinite flower field which is gardened with beauty and youth while it’s covered with water because of love sparks.

The trivia info about Ohrid Lake goes to Struga. It is a small town resting on the Ohrid Lake, too. Nobody knows why Ohrid lake is named by Ohrid, and not by Struga. This fact makes Struga people to always lose the argument about who is better in a landscape way. It's like two brothers discuss together while Ohrid is the older one. Anyways, don't miss out on visiting Struga too, when you are around here.

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Zlata Golaboska

Zlata Golaboska

I am Zlata and I am an architect living in the Balkans. I am passionate about cities, how people influence architecture and vice versa, and how places change our lives.

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