The Zakarpattia Region – The Lake of Miserable Lovers
Sinai Lake is the largest natural lake in the area, its area is covers more than 5 hectares. You will reach him on the way leading from Mizhirja to Kolocava. The branch to the lake is well marked. Leave the car in the car park and head for a kilometer-long walk.
If you want to get here by local bus, take the one that goes to Sinevirska Poljana. It is about 4 km from the lake. But check the way out beforehand the bus schedule. It does not go here every day.
There is a trail around the lake and there is a really nice walk. The air is clean and fresh.
Even though the weather is often not ideal and we are tiny, it is more than bad weather that we enjoy the thick forests around, the waves on the lake and the fish in it. There are many benches around the lake that allow you to enjoy the beauty of this place.
The icon of the lake is the famous wooden statuette of Sini and Viro, which is the work of Ivan Brody. He embodied the legend he still breathes from every corner of this place. This legend says the young and poor horned Vir loved Sini, a young and beautiful girl from a wealthy family who had returned his love. Her parents, however, did not wish to love and Vira was killed and buried in the forests. She was weeping so much with grief that she had squandered the whole lake of water. Have you noticed a small island in the middle of the lake? That's the tomb of Virova's grave.
Scientists, however, do not have much understanding for the legends and explain the nature of the lake. Ten thousand years ago there was an earthquake and the lake was formed by a landslide.
I'm afraid that perhaps even thanks to Viro and Sina there is often such a gloomy weather here. Scientists would certainly find a more reasonable reason, but when you sit there and look at the lake, reasonable explanations do not seem to be here. The legend of unfortunate lovers makes it here more magical.
Text and photos: Michal Hejl
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