Golem Grad

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Golem Grad
Native name:
Голем Град
Golem Grad from Lake Prespa
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Map of Golem Grad with its ruins and archaeological sites
Golem Grad is located in North Macedonia
Golem Grad
Golem Grad
Location in North Macedonia
LocationLake Prespa
Coordinates40°52′N 20°59′E / 40.867°N 20.983°E / 40.867; 20.983Coordinates: 40°52′N 20°59′E / 40.867°N 20.983°E / 40.867; 20.983
Area0.2 km2 (0.077 sq mi)
Highest elevation900 m (3000 ft)
North Macedonia

Golem Grad (Macedonian: Голем Град), meaning Big City/Town, also known as Snake Island, is an island in North Macedonia. The island covers an area of more than 20 hectares.[1] It is located in Lake Prespa, a few kilometers from the Greek and Albanian border. Golem Grad is home to several ancient ruins and churches. It is also home to several different communities of animals, especially snakes.[2] In August 2008, the island opened to tourists.[3]


Snake on the island

Golem Grad has an area of 20 hectares and is 600 meters long and 350 meters wide.[1] The island is currently uninhabited and has been so since the mid-20th century, when the small monastic community left the island. The island can only be reached by boat. The village of Konjsko is closest to the island with about two kilometers of water between the two.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "GOLEM GRAD IN PRESPA (FROM ORESTIANS TO ROMANS)". micnews.com.mk. 2007-03-06. Archived from the original on 2017-04-18. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  2. ^ Culture in MK
  3. ^ "Balkan Travellers". Archived from the original on 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-08-14.

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