Lake Volvi

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Lake Volvi
Limni Volvi 200704.JPG
Location Thessaloniki regional unit
Coordinates 40°40′54″N 23°28′02″E / 40.68167°N 23.46722°E / 40.68167; 23.46722Coordinates: 40°40′54″N 23°28′02″E / 40.68167°N 23.46722°E / 40.68167; 23.46722
Catchment area 1,247 km2 (481 sq mi)
Basin countries Greece
Max. length 21.50 km (13.36 mi)
Max. width 6 km (3.7 mi)
Surface area 70 km2 (27 sq mi)
Max. depth 22.3 m (73 ft)
Water volume 0.94 km3 (0.23 cu mi)
Surface elevation 37 m (121 ft)

Lake Volvi (Greek: Λίμνη Βόλβη, modern: Limni Vólvi) is located in the root of the Chalkidiki peninsula, in the Thessaloniki regional unit, Greece. Lake Volvi is the second largest lake in Greece. It is about 12 miles (19 km) in length, and 6 or 8 miles (9.7 or 12.9 km) wide. The area is 68 km² and the depth is 20 m. It is located east of Lake Koronia (Lake Lagkada).

The new Via Egnatia highway runs along the northern shore of the lake, while the ancient road ran along its southern one. On its east the narrow valley of Rentina, also known as the "Macedonian Tempe". The municipalities of Volvi and Langadas have a shore on the lake.


About a million years ago, Lake Volvi along with Lake Koronia and the entire Mygdonia was a huge lake.

In the antic description by Thucydides Bolbe was the name of a lake in Mygdonia, located at no great distance from the Aegean Sea. The lake emptied itself into the Strymon Gulf by means of a stream flowing through the pass once known as Aulon or Arethusa. The name of the stream is not mentioned by in the description, but it is evidently the same as the Erechios (Romanized as Rechius) in Procopius (de Aedificiis, 4.4). Among the smaller streams flowing into the lake we find mention of the Ammites and the Olynthiakos. The perch (labrach) of the lake were particularly admired by the gastronomic poet Archestratus.

During the Ottoman rule the name of the lake was called بشيك كولى "Beşik Gölü" (lit. Cradle Lake).[1]

There was also a town named Bolbos (Romanized as Bolbus) located near the lake. Today, there are two towns (villages) incorporating Vólvi in their name, situated along the lake. It is not known exactly if any of these modern towns correspond to the site of ancient Bolbos. ргхфдс

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  1. ^ Rumeli-i Şahane Haritası, Harvard Map Collection, Ottoman Empire Series, Index Map, 1:210,000 Scale, c. 1901/1902,$19i Retrieved: 18.05.2016

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