The Town of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid

The Town of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid

Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe, and as such, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as has the lake on whose shores it sits. First mentioned in 363 BC, the town is today a popular destination for Macedonians. Its St. Pantelejmon Monastery is the oldest Slav monastery in the world and the icon gallery in the courtyard of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta church is second only to Moscow’s famed icon collection.

Ohrid abounds with ancient archaeological sites and is surrounded by old fortifications, some from as early as the 3rd century BC. The old fortification walls include traces of four gates, one of which used to connect with the remains of Macedonia’s only ancient Greek amphitheater. Its antiquities, red-roofed old houses, beautiful setting and fabulous collection of medieval icons combine to make it a fascinating town.

PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013