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Kosiv City Banske Lake

One of the most popular summer holiday destinations in Kosiv is the Banske Lake. This reservoir is located next to the former Hutsulshchyna factory. The lake is of man-made origin and was formed on the site of salt mines. The name of the lake is connected with this, as in ancient times the word “banya” was used to refer to a salt mine.

Косівське міське Банське озеро

Photos and videos of the Kosiv city’s Banske Lake

Brief overview

🗺 Location N48°18′47″ E25°04′33″
🌊 Maximum depth 10 m
🌅 Area 3 hectares
🧭 Distance from Kosiv Near
🚙 Road for Auto, on foot
🏕 Stop with a tent Yes
🏡 Housing nearby Kosiv
☕ Cafes and shops Kosiv
🕒 Possibility of visiting 24/7

Historical facts about Banske Lake

Salt has been extracted in Kosiv since ancient times. The first mention of local salt mines dates back to 1472. Salt production in Kosiv was finally stopped in the 1930s, when the city was part of Poland.

The Polish authorities decided to close the mine for two reasons. Firstly, the majority of the salt miners were ethnic Ukrainians, who were actively defending their socio-economic and national rights. Secondly, the local salt mine was a serious competitor to the salt mines in Bochnia and Wieliczka near Krakow.

At the same time, a health resort was opened on the site of the mine, which consisted of an inhalation room equipped with foreign equipment, a casino, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a library and a reading room, a cosy park, a swimming pool and two tennis courts.

Unfortunately, this wonderful medical facility was destroyed in 1941 by retreating Soviet troops. It has not been restored since then.

There are various hypotheses about the time of the Lake of Banske origin. Some argue that it was formed in the seventeenth century, while others date its appearance to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In any case, the first surviving photograph of the lake dates back to 1880.

Legends of the lake in Kosiv

Several mystical legends about the origin of Lake Banskoye have survived to this day. According to one of them, there used to be a monastery on the site of the lake, founded by monks of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra who fled the Tatar Mongol invasion. The local monks took care of orphans, widows and all the disadvantaged. Over time, the monastery became a powerful centre of spirituality, and its walls seemed impregnable to enemies. Once the monastery was attacked by huge hordes of Tatars. It happened just before Easter. The forces were unequal, and the enemies invaded the monastery and began to kill everyone, sparing even women and children. Throughout this massacre, the brave bell-ringer Mikhalko continued to ring the bells in glory of Easter on the bell tower of the monastery church. The Tatars set fire to the bell tower together with the brave bell ringer. And suddenly the earth opened up and swallowed the monastery with everyone who was there, and in its place a lake was formed, which was salted by the tears of women and children tortured by the Tatars. Since then, the lake has been called Banske because the locals were very much mourning (grieving) for their relatives who died at the hands of the Tatars. And in honour of the brave bell-ringer Mykhailo, the highest mountain near Kosiv was named Mykhalkiv. Rumour has it that to this day, at night, the sound of Easter bells and the cries of tortured women and children can be heard from the side of Lake Banske.

According to another legend, which is closer to the official version, the lake was formed on the site of a salt mine. The reason for this was a greedy salt mine owner who forced the workers to dig deeper and deeper, which disturbed and angered the underground spirit. One day, the greedy owner went down underground to admire his salt riches in solitude, and at that moment the underground spirit unleashed its anger on him and flooded the mine with water, and a lake was formed in its place. And since it was formed on the site of a former salt mine-bathhouse, it was named Banske.

Detailed description of the Kosiv city lake

Nowadays, the city’s Banske Lake covers an area of 3 hectares and is up to 10 metres deep. The cool waters of the lake are home to a huge number of fish. The emerald shores of this lake are popular with both locals and numerous tourists.

Banske Lake is very photogenic and picturesque. The photos on its background are simply incredible. And for those who love fine art, you can visit the studio of the artist Andrii Repeta near the lake. His paintings of the Carpathians are simply magnificent. The beauty of the lake played an important role in inspiring his work.

How to get to the city of Banske Lake in Kosiv?

 Walking route

🔰 Start From the Museum of Art and Life of the Hutsul Region
🚶 Walking distance 550 m
🕐 Approximate time 8 minutes
⬆ Ascent / ⬇ Descent Mostly without ups and downs

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