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Lake Voulismeni is a former sweet water lake located in the centre of Agios Nikolaos. Since 1867 or 1870 it is connected to the sea by means of a small channel. It is approximately circular, with a diameter of 137 meters and a depth of 64 meters.

There are various legends linked to the lake. One of them says that the Greek goddesses Athena and Artemis Britomartis used to bath in lake. Other says it is bottomless, perhaps because of its great depth compared to its dimensions. It is also said that the German army disposed part of their weapons and vehicles into the lake and all of that disappeared mysteriously. Another more recent event, apparently more credible, occurred in 1956 soon after a volcanic eruption in Santorini, when appeared dead fishes at the surface of the lake, originating theories that it was somehow geologically linked with that island. The vertical rock walls that surround half the lake seem to support the theory that it covers an ancient volcanic crater, but that theory has few adepts nowadays and most of the geologists believe that it is the mouth of an underground river.

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