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Ohrid: The pearl of Macedonia and the Balkans


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The town of Ohrid is located on the north shore of Ohrid’s Lake and at an altitude of 700 meters. Its history, location, natural beauty, climate, recreation and entertainment allow rightly calling the place: “The pearl of Macedonia”.

Ohrid Lake Macedonia

Ohrid and it’s Lake

Firstly, there is an old Slovenian architecture. The city respects an old building tradition and we can notice that by observing the medieval walls on the hill and on one part of the lake shore. In the old town which is densely populated, each house has its own beauty. Do not miss to visit the old town.

Old Town Ohrid Macedonia

Old Town in Ohrid

Ohrid Lake, with an area of 358 square kilometers, is the largest attraction in the country. Ohrid is the tourist capital of Macedonia. The lake is known for its clear water, its beaches and its rich and varied wildlife.

Lake Ohrid Macedonia

Lake Ohrid

Ohrid is also known for its ancient monasteries and many churches. The monastery of St. Panteleimon in Ohrid (formerly Monastery of St. Clement) is a Byzantine monastery built in the tenth century. It is dedicated to the protector of the town: St. Clement of Ohrid.

Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Ohrid Macedonia

Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Ohrid

The Saint Sophia Cathedral of Ohrid is the headquarters of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. It was built in the eleventh century and is one of the largest churches in the area. The cathedral is especially famous for its invaluable medieval frescoes.

Saint Sophia Cathedral of Ohrid  Macedonia

Saint Sophia Cathedral of Ohrid

It is important to mention the Samuel Fortress (Samuilova tvrdina) built in the tenth century, the walls built at the time of the Macedonian Empire, the ancient theatre and the remains of an early Christian basilica of the fifth century. Ohrid and its surroundings are marked by spiritual art which was influenced by Byzantine art.

Samuel Fortress  Ohrid Macedonia

Samuel Fortress in Ohrid

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