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My last contribution to the site for this year is this shot,a travelque in the most Northern area of Greece, in the begging of 2007.

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Lake Prespa

Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe, shared by Greece, Albania, and the FYROM. Of the total surface area, 190 km² belongs to the FYROM, 84.8 km² to Greece and 38.8 km² to Albania. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an altitude of 853 m (2,798 ft).

The Great Prespa Lake is divided between Albania, Greece and the FYROM. The Small Prespa Lake (Greek: Μικρή Πρέσπα Limni Mikrá Prespa) is shared only between Greece (138 km² drainage area; 43.5 km² surface area) and Albania (51 km² drainage area; 3.9 km² surface area).

In the 10th century, the tsar Samuil built the fortress and church of St. Achillios on an island called Agios Achillios in the Small Prespa Lake, on the Greek side of the border. The biggest island in the Great Prespa Lake, on the FYROM's side, is called Golem Grad ("Large Town"), and Snake Island (Zmiski Ostrov). It is substantially bigger than the other island Mal Grad (Small Town, in Albania) and is the site of a ruined 14th century monastery dedicated to St. Peter. Today, both islands are uninhabited.

Because Great Prespa Lake sits about 150m above Lake Ohrid, which lies only about 10 km (6 miles) to the west, its waters run through underground channels in the karst and emerge from springs which feed streams running into Lake Ohrid.

For many years, the Greek part of the Prespa Lakes region was an underpopulated, military sensitive area which required special permission for outsiders to visit. It saw fierce fighting during the Greek Civil War and much of the local population subsequently emigrated to escape endemic poverty and political strife. The region remained little developed until the 1970s, when it began to be promoted as a tourist destination. With an abundance of rare fauna and flora, the area was declared a Transnational Park in 2000.

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