THE MACEDONIAN VENICE
The three boats we've posted about recently, were found in this village, Nakolec.
Up until 1960, the lake came up into the village, and the church of St. Nicholas was literally in the water. People would go by boat to the church to light up a candle and fish in their yards.
The village itself was originally under water, and some 100 years earlier, the houses were erected on wooden pillars. That explains the name of the village; Nakolec wich means "on a spike, or on a wooden pillar". Between the houses there were water canals, and people would move with boats, it all looked a bit like Venice.
Today, Nakolec is a site of many villa's, visited by its owners when they come back from the United States for holiday's. People want to restore the old Nakolec in his original state and make it a tourist attraction. Some say that there are photographs of the old village. They urge the government to make a plan for restoration and increase the region's tourism and economy.
MD: Alltough our country is very small, it is very rich in treasures and we keep discovering new things everyday.