Piva River Canyon, Montenegro
Mratinje Dam Piva River Canyon Reviews
Huge and man made Sep 04, 2012
After having done stop & go for a couple of kilometers we reached the Mratinje Dam that is a huge concrete arch dam blocking the canyon of the Piva River. The dam was quite impressive but without being good looking. The dam was completed in 1975, and its construction resulted in the flooding of the Piva canyon and the creation of Lake Piva, which, with its 12.5 km², and actually the second largest lake in Montenegro.
The dam is 220 m high, and therefore one of the highest in Europe and the view from the top is astonishing. We parked the car in a corner near some huge trucks and walked the dam. The dam is 268 m long and 4.5 m thick at the crest, while it is 30 m long and 36 m thick at the base. The foundations go as deep as 38 m into the ground. 820000 m3 of concrete and 5,000 ton of steel were built into it.
The hydroelectric power station at Mratinje is capable of producing 860 gigawatt-hours per annum. It has three turbines and generators, each with a generation capacity of 120 MW. The views around this concrete monster were quite amazing and in short time there were tourists from many countries parked the same place as us.
When they constructed the dam, the location of the 16th century Piva Monastery would be flooded by the lake, so while the dam was built, the monastery was broken into pieces and moved to a higher ground, 3.5 km away. It was reconstructed in the original way.
Part of the Balkan Roadtrip 2012 - 5850 km travel blog
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