Legend of the Black Queen
Forested mountain landscape in Lika where 16 smaller and larger cascade-and-waterfall connected crystal clear lakes are supplied by many small rivers and streams – we are talking about Croatia’s oldest and most famous national park – Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Nature says: ”The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. “
According to legend, a long time ago there was a severe drought which caused great damages – cattle died, crops were damaged and people starved to death.
In despair, people decided to pray to the Black Queen: “Help us and send rain! “ And then, the Black Queen turned to her people with comforting words: “I am sad to see that you are suffering!” It was pouring for days, the water grew higher and higher until it shaped 13 lakes.
The story says that the Queen was crying, and the black and white tears were rolling down her cheeks forming the Black River and the White River. The two rivers still flow above the Upper Lakes and into the Matica River forming the first lake named Prošćansko (after the begging of the people for water, prošnja = prayer).
Thrillseeker Croatia says: “Come and experience natural beauties of Plitvice Lakes National Park and its surroundings with us in a different and more interesting way.”0