Pustec and the island of Maligrad
|Elevation||861 m (2,825 ft)|
|Time zone||Central European Time (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Pustec (Macedonian: Пустец, Pustets), known officially as Liqenas from 1973 to 2013, is a village in the Korçë District of eastern Albania. Situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Prespa within Pustec Municipality, it is home to much of the Macedonian minority in Albania.
Pustec is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Prespa and is the nearest village to the island of Maligrad. It sits at an elevation of 861 metres (2,825 ft) above sea level. To the northeast, along the lake, lies Šulin, while in the southeast is the village of Leska.
Pustec and the surrounding region lie within the Prespa National Park.
The village of Pustec was first mentioned in documents from 16th century.
In 1973, the official name of the village was changed to "Liqenas" by the Albanian government. In 2013, however, the original Macedonian name, Pustec, was once again made official.
The majority of the population are ethnic Macedonians.
The village of Pustec is situated near two centuries' old rock churches. The first, Saint Michael the Archangel, is situated on the Lake Prespa shore. Its oldest frescoes date from the 12th century. The other, St Nicholas, contains only fragments of its original frescoes.
People from Pustec
- Trajan Gjorgjiovski, partisan
- Mitre Kolevski, partisan
- Edmond Temelko, mayor of Pustec Municipality and president of the Macedonian Party
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