Full-Day Tour of Ohrid, with Round-Trip Travel from Skopje and Lunch
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This Macedonian destination, placed in a postcard-perfect setting you'll be only too eager to brag about back home, is considered by many to be the country's crown jewel. Nestled between cliffs soaring more than 9,000 feet high, and beside exquisite, three-million-year-old Lake Ohrid, Ohrid itself emerges, saturated in history. And it positively sparkles.
Actually, in antiquity, its Ancient Greek name "Lychnidos" translated to "city of light." While this likely referred to the lake's crystal-clear blue waters, the town's reputation for luring the globe's wisest and most powerful people, over eons, has immortalized it. Throughout centuries, they left prominent marks that are still visible today.
Both lake and city are UNESCO Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites. Ohrid's fame also comes from being "The City of 365 Churches," one for each day of the year, as recorded by 17th-century Ottoman traveler Evliya Celebi. Though this number has shrunk, you'll still get your fill. Stop at St. Sophia Church, built in 1035. It features the world's largest preserved composition of 11th-century frescoes.
Pass bustling villas and craftsmen. Pop into a papermaker's workshop. Near the Upper Gate, the rare remains of a Hellenistic-style Ancient Greek theatre stand as a testament to design genius. In 200 B.C., it was constructed between two hills to block the wind that would interfere with the arena's acoustics. As the site of Roman gladiator fights and Christian executions though, we can't say the experience in this specific spot was always exemplary. Today it hosts the city's summer festival.
Visit Holy Mother of God Peribleptos Church and climb to the city castle before returning to the city center for a delicious lunch that celebrates all things Ohrid. Nazdravye (cheers)!
Hint: check the clothes of St. Dimitry and St. Procopius
Built and frescoed in 1295, Holy Mother of God Peribleptos is one of Macedonia's most significant medieval monuments, highlighting a very valuable collection of icons. Its two young painters, Michael and Eutychius, eschewed the Byzantine art traditions of the time, and instead innovated mostly elements of the later Renaissance style. Their work left a literal and figurative impression. Search for their signatures in 20 hidden locations.
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