Lake Prespa

Lake Prespa

[pres-puh]
Prespa, Lake, Albanian Prespës, Macedonian Prespansko, 112 sq mi (290 sq km), SW Macedonia, NW Greece, and E Albania; highest lake (alt. 2,798 ft/853 m) of the Balkans. It is connected with Lake Ohrid by underground channels. The smaller Mikrí Prespa Lake is nearby; it lies in Greece and Albania.

Lake on the boundary between Macedonia, Albania, and Greece. It is 14 mi (23 km) long, 8 mi (13 km) wide, 2,800 ft (853 m) above sea level, and it drains northwest into Lake Ohrid through a subterranean channel. South of it is Little Prespa Lake, which contains the island of St. Achilius; the island was an early capital of Bulgarian Tsar Samuel in the 10th century. It became a tourist and fishing centre in the 1970s.

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Prespa (Macedonian language: Преспа) is a region in Republic of Macedonia. It shares the same name with the two Prespa lakes which are situated in the middle of the region. The largest town is Resen - 18000 inhabitants.

The much wider region of Prespa has been divided by the Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Greece, although it is dominantly populated by ethnic Macedonians.

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