about the origin of Lake Synevir exists…
ago these mountains belonged to some rich duke and the inhabitants
had to work for him: to shepherd his sheep and cows, to cut the
wood, to mow the grass. That duke had a beautiful daughter Syn.
She had such a strange name because there seemed to be the whole
blue color of the bottomless Carpathians sky.
the duke decided to check the work of his farm hands - woodmen.
Syn asked her father to take her with him. While the father checked
the results of the work the daughter was gathering the flowers
on the clearing.
she heard the wonderful roulades of the pipe and she followed
the sounds. On the clearing where the sheep were pasturing Syn
saw the lad who was playing the pipe selflessly.
noticed the girl he stopped playing.
- Who are
you? – He asked with surprise.
- I am Syn.
These forests and mountains belong to my father. And who are
- I am Vir,
the duke’s shepherd.
girl asked to play more, and enchanting tunes were heard in the
forest for a long time. In the evening Syn said good-bye to Vir.
Some days later they met again. Everything was like at first time.
They loved each other and started to date in an underhand way.
But malicious and envious people informed the duke against the
love of his daughter and the ordinary shepherd.
duke banned his daughter to date with Vir. But can love be subject
to somebody’s will? Syn did not obey father’s order. Vir also
was not frightened with duke’s threatens. So the duke ordered
to kill the poor shepherd.
when Vir was waiting for his beloved lass, the servants of the
duke sneaked up to him and precipitated the huge stone on him.
learned the awful news Syn ran over the mountains and through
the forests to the place of her lover death. She put her arms
round the huge stone – grave and cried bitterly.
tears were pouring and pouring until the whole clearing and Syn
herself were flooded in. So the girl’s tears formed the lake and
people called that lake Synevir. The water in the lake is blue
like the sky over the Carpathians, like Syn’s eyes, and the small
island in the middle of the lake is the top of the stone – grave
of Syn and Vir…