09 Dec 08
Macedonia Opens Museum on Water
A museum on water aimed to depict an ancient stilt-house settlement opened Monday on the south-eastern coast of Lake Ohrid, Macedonia’s largest tourist destination.
The reconstructed settlement considered to be the first of its kind in the region is envisaged both as a tourist attraction and as a gathering point of interest for scientists all over the world.
“It's a new magnet for tourists, who visit not only Macedonia but also neighbouring countries. A place which will inspire the archaeologists and historians and will provide an ultimate experience to the guests,” Macedonia’s Premier Nikola Gruevski said at the opening ceremony.
The museum is located on the southern coast of Gradiste Peninsula in the Bay of Bones where a stilt-house settlement, or pile-dwelling, dating back between 1200 and 700 BC has been reconstructed.
In addition, the museum includes parts of a Roman fortification lifted up on the hill near Gradiste, thus offering tourists a unique glimpse into the past.
The museum settlement that now holds just a few pile-dwellings will be completed soon and will have a total of 16 houses erected on water.
The nearby town of Ohrid and its surroundings are UNESCO protected sites because of their cultural and natural heritage.