In central Bulgaria, just off the main road that cuts through the country west to south, there is one of the many man-made lakes that were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s for irrigation and melioration purposes
Most of these water reservoirs exist to this day, though some are reportedly in a bad state as they have not been maintained for years. The majority are unremarkable, but some are in fact quite serene – and many locals frequent for angling or camping.
The thrust to modernise Bulgaria in the second half of the 20th century was so forceful that the urban and farming planners of the time sometimes relocated whole villages to higher ground to make way for the water.
What you see here is one such example: a large village was entirely submerged and eventually disappeared from the maps. Curiously, the only thing that has remained of it is its church – and it can now be seen protruding from the waters when they recede.
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