Lake Orestiada

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Lake Orestiada
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Lake of Kastoria
LocationKastoria regional unit
Coordinates40°30′54″N 21°18′00″E / 40.51500°N 21.30000°E / 40.51500; 21.30000Coordinates: 40°30′54″N 21°18′00″E / 40.51500°N 21.30000°E / 40.51500; 21.30000
Basin countriesGreece
Surface area28 km2 (11 sq mi)
Surface elevation630 m (2,070 ft)

Lake Orestiada or Lake of Kastoria (Greek: Λίμνη Ορεστιάδα) is a lake in the Kastoria regional unit of Macedonia, northwestern Greece. Sitting at an altitude of 630 metres, the lake covers an area of 28 square kilometres.

Nine rivulets flow into the lake, and it drains into the Haliacmon river. Its depth varies from nine to ten metres. The Orestida was formed about 10 million years ago.[citation needed] The Kastoria Peninsula (with the town of Kastoria) divides the lake into two parts, the larger to the north and the smaller to the south.

The lake takes its name from the Oreiades. Lakeside attractions include, apart from the Byzantine architectural heritage of the town, an 11th-century Byzantine monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa and the reconstructed prehistoric settlement of Dispilio, where the Dispilio Tablet was retrieved from the lake in 1992.


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