There are so many important and interesting things about Ohrid, and it isn’t possible to say and write it down all. So we truly believe that this text, composed primarily of information, will inspire you to visit Ohrid to feel an old traditional atmosphere, city noise and silent on a lake, churches and monasteries…
We wouldn’t share our impressions of Ohrid, because you have already heard so many nice things about it and we are just inviting you to experience them.
Ohrid is one of those tourist destinations that you may not need so much money, but you are certainly guaranteed a good time and greatly impressions!
Ohrid is the most authentic city on the Balkan peninsula, one of 24 cities in the world that is at the same time on the UNESCO two list, one of the oldest lakes in the world, and one of the oldest settlements in Europe, the cradle of Orthodox spirituality and religion…
We have to mention its history, culture, literacy, St. Naum and Clement education, as many churches as days in a year are, the famous song about Biljana you all know … It is Ohrid!
Ohrid is situated on sedimentary rock that is high above Lake Ohrid, and based on this facts got Slavic name Ohrid (engl. rock -maked. ‘vo hrid’, ‘o hrid’).
Ohrid’s old town core is completely authentic and canned. You can feel in every step the spirit of the Middle Ages in old Balkan- Slavic architecture … cobbled street with beautiful buildings that are basically narrow and they are spread on the floor and spread over the streets. All houses are white like Biljana cloth with old and dark wooden window panes. It is indeed impressive sight and original architectural traditions.
In the center of old town, in the main town square there are maple trees – Cinar, which is about nine centuries old!
In Ohrid there is the oldest Slavic monastery – Saint Panteleimon, which keeps more than 800 icons of Byzantine style, dating from the 12 to the end of the 14th century.
Beside collection in Tretjakovska gallery in Moscow, a collection of icons from the Ohrid is considered the most important in the world.
In Ohrid there is also the famous monastery of St. Clement (today the Church of the Virgin Perivlepta), which was built in the 13th century, and is dedicated to the Ohrid’s patron Saint. Clement. Saint Clement of Ohrid in Macedonia came in the 9th century and from there spread Christianity and the Cyrillic alphabet. He founded the Ohrid literary school and planted the seeds of art that has developed very much and acquired international character.
In Ohrid there is Samuel fortress from the 10th century with city walls, built at the time of the Macedonian Empire, Roman theater and the remains of early Christian basilica from the 5th century. It has been found in Ohrid the remains of the Colosseum, which was built by the Romans and is currently being restored!
Lake Ohrid is one of the oldest lakes in the world, next to Lake Baikal and Tanganyika, and some others, by size is one of the major lakes in Europe such as Geneva and Bodensko. At the same time it is one of the largest and deepest lake with the depth of 228.7 meters. Lake water is crystal clear and transparent up to 22 meters in depth!
Water in Ohrid lake is supplied from Prespansko lake, which is located at a higher altitude on the principle of connected vessels. Its basin belongs to a total of 40 rivers.
The lake has beautiful sandy beaches, perfect for swimming and it so called “Macedonian sea”. The average water temperature is in July 22, in August 23 °C.
As I said at the beginning: It isn’t possible to say and write it down all about Ohrid!
Unfortunately, there isn’t enough space for more information, about the culture, traditions, customs, renowned hospitality, Ohrid pearls and sunsets on the lake … all this and much more you still have to experience….
Published on: 22.05.2010