Welcome to Ohrid, a hidden gem nestled in the southwestern part of Macedonia. This enchanting city is often referred to as the 'Jerusalem of the Balkans' due to its rich religious history and stunning architecture. This article is only an introduction to the secrets of Ohrid's historic old town, majestic lake, and vibrant cultural heritage. Get ready to be captivated by the beauty and charm of the cradle of the Slavic literacy, the city of the great saints, Kliment and Naum of Ohrid.

There is so much to be written about Ohrid, but one should really come and visit this place, to feel all that history and beauty carved in the rocks and all that energy that can be felt when you walk the narrow streets in the Old town. 

Ohrid's Historic Old Town

As we step into the historic old town of Ohrid, we are transported back in time to a bygone era. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a treasure trove of ancient architecture and fascinating stories. The narrow cobblestone streets wind their way through centuries-old buildings, each with its own unique charm. From the iconic Church of St. Sophia to the imposing Samuel's Fortress, every corner of the old town holds a piece of history waiting to be discovered. Join us as we embark on a journey through time and explore the rich heritage of Ohrid's historic old town.

Amphitheatre in Ohrid old town. Samoil's fortress in the back.

Unveiling the Majestic Ohrid Lake

As we leave the enchanting old town behind, we find ourselves standing on the shores of the majestic Ohrid Lake. With its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking views, this ancient lake is a true natural wonder. Spanning over 350 square kilometers, Ohrid Lake is one of Europe's oldest and deepest lakes, dating back millions of years. Its pristine beauty and unique ecosystem have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Ohrid trout is an authentic fish that can only be find in the Ohrid lake.

Delving into Ohrid's Rich Cultural Heritage

As we continue our exploration of Ohrid, we now turn our attention to its rich cultural heritage. This ancient city is steeped in history and boasts a wealth of archaeological sites, monuments, and religious landmarks that tell the story of its past. From the imposing Ohrid Fortress, which dates back to the 4th century BC, to the stunning Church of St. John at Kaneo, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake, every corner of Ohrid is filled with cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. There's a believe that there used to be 365 churches in the city, one for each day of the year.

Church of St.Jovan Kaneo

Food in Ohrid

Macedonian cuisine is what you can find in restaurants in Ohrid. If you have a chance, try Ohrid trout or belvica fish, Ohrid gjomleze and traditional Ohrid cake for a dessert. Ohrid barbeque is served in every restaurant and you can enjoy a portion of kebapi in the heart of the city.

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