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Pollino national Park: photo description (Parco nazionale del Pollino)

The national Park "Pollino" is situated on the territory of the Italian regions of Calabria and Basilicata within the provinces of Cosenza, Matera and Potenza. The total Park area - 1820 sq. km, making it the largest national Park of Italy. Its name he received on behalf of the Pollino massif, highest peak 2267 reaches-feet.

The Park was founded in 1992 year, for the protection of natural landscapes and monuments of history and archeology. Its symbol is the Bosnian pine, as it is in this Park there is one of the country's last forests for this rare wood. In addition to pine the Park grow white fir, maple, beech, black pine, yew and other trees. Very diverse animal Kingdom that live in these forests - there are Eurasian wolves, ROE deer, deer and otters. And in the sky hovering peregrine falcons, eagles, kites, Mediterranean falcons, vultures, choughs and Jenny.

In addition, in the territory of the Pollino national Park includes a number of communes, in which you can see interesting sights. Among the towns of Rotonda, Castrovillari, Morano Calabro the ancient convent Colloredo, Laino Castello, Mormanno, Scalea, Papasidero, Civita and Cerchiara with the Church of the Madonna delle Armi. In such municipalities as San Paolo Albanese and San Costantino Albanese there are large Albanian-speaking community. No less interesting and Valle del Mercure, on whose territory have been found remains of prehistoric animals - probivnogo forest elephant and the giant Behemoth.

As for the mountain massif of Pollino, which is part of the national Park, it is the southern spurs of the Apennine mountains on the border of Calabria and Basilicata. It is limestone in which erosion formed the canyons and numerous caves, especially common in the Calabrian part of the array. In one of these caves of Romito was discovered cave paintings of the Paleolithic era. The main peaks of the Pollino mountain Monte Pollino and Serra Dolcedorme, which overlooks the plain of Sibari.