If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. ~Alphonse de Lamartine
Lake Terkos, Istanbul
Lake Terkos, Istanbul. Lake Terkos (also called Lake Durusu) is a lake in Thrace section of Turkey. Its distance to İstanbul is 40 kilometers (25 mi). Its elevation with respect to sea level is about 4.5 meters (15 ft) and its maximum depth is 11 meters (36 ft). The surface area is 39 square kilometers (15 sq mi). The origin of Terkos lake is a lagoon and it is separated from the Black Sea coast by a 700 meters (2,300 ft) strip. Currently there is no connection to the sea and it is a fresh water lake fed by a number of creeks the most important one being the Istrance creek. The drainage basin is 619 square kilometers (239 sq mi).
The area around the lake was a pirates’ settlement in the medieval ages. A monastery named Trikos was built by the Genoa pirates – hence the name. Until recent years, the lake was the main water source of İstanbul.