Ohrid is a city in the southwestern part of Macedonia, on the northeastern shore of Lake Ohrid. Ohrid and Lake Ohrid are one of the main tourist destinations in Macedonia. Called the “City of Light” by the ancient Greeks this stunning destination will take your breath away.
Today, the city and the surrounding villages have a population of 55,000, rich in valuable monuments from the ancient and Byzantine periods - to the Roman Colosseum.
Lake Ohrid is estimated to have formed four million years ago in tectonic movements of the earth's crust. It is located at 695 meters above sea level and is also known as the "Macedonian freshwater sea". Endemic and relict species live in the unique ecosystem of Lake Ohrid, so it has been declared a national park and is on both UNESCO lists - as part of the world's natural and cultural heritage.
One of the most famous attractions in Ohird is Lake Ohrid which is is one of the oldest, largest, and deepest lakes in Europe. It was formed before the Ice Age, and the figure of about 30,000,000 years is truly impressive. Numerous endemic species live in the lake. One of the endemic species is the Ohrid trout, a freshwater fish in Europe it is held as one of the trademarks of Macedonia, it is also found on Macedonian coins.
Do not miss the opportunity to explore the churches and monasteries after which Ohrid was named Balkan Jerusalem. Once upon a time, this small place on the lake boasted 365 churches, each for one day a year. Of course, that number has not been preserved to this day, but you will realize how important religion was just walking through the old part of Ohrid.
The main sites to visit in Ohird are:
Monastery of St. Naum Ohridski in Ohrid - Built on a high rock above Lake Ohrid, at its southernmost point. St. John the Theologian, Kaneo in Ohrid - This medieval church is known by the name of the former fishing village of Kaneo. Cave monastery Sv. Erasmus in Ohrid - In Macedonia, his cult was developed in the Ohrid region, because he stayed a long period of his life in Ohrid and achieved significant missionary activity in the Macedonian regions. Bay of Bones in Ohrid - restored prehistoric settlements from the XII-VII centuries BC, set above a platform held by wooden mounds. It is a newly opened water museum, these are the remains of an ancient habitat, diving base and reconstructed fortifications from the Roman Empire from the 2nd century.
Ohrid holds many more wonders waiting for you to explore with us!
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