Ohrid, Macedonia

One Of Europe's Most Stunning Locations, An Historic Village On The Edge Of Macedonia's UNESCO-Listed Jewel


”Immortal Ohrid – a kingdom of light and water, a repository of ancient ruins from Macedonia’s earlier kingdoms – is the sublime lakeside town that for many represents the culmination of the Macedonian experience. And even if it doesn’t reach those lofty heights, it has to be one of the most laid-back and most picturesque places in the Balkans, a region renowned for its effortless, laid-back beauty.”


Image || Resting by the edge of Lake Ohrid in the village of Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14, 2007.

Ohrid, Macedonia

It’s not far from Tirana, Albania, to the Kjafasan border crossing with Macedonia. 100 kilometres, give or take. It takes longer to drive those 100 kilometres than it should given the windy, climbing roads leading to the crossing, one that yields great vistas before eventually arriving in beautiful Ohrid by the shores of the equally beautiful lake of the same name, Macedonia’s UNESCO World Heritage listed jewel.

Leisure craft ripples on a calm Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. September 14th 2006.

Pleasure craft ripples on shimmering, mirror-like, picture-perfect Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14, 2007.

Writing, education and Slavonic culture – all spread out from Ohrid in the 7th to 19th centuries. It is a cultural centre of great importance for the history not only of this part of the Balkan Peninsula, but also for all nations of the Slavonic tongue and for world history and literature, with precious manuscripts and other rarities. This city and its historic-cultural region are located in a natural setting of exceptional beauty, while its architecture represents the best preserved and most complete ensemble of ancient urban architecture of the Slavic lands.

– UNESCO commenting on the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region

Ohrid || The Village Version

Immortal Ohrid – a kingdom of light and water, a repository of ancient ruins from Macedonia’s earlier kingdoms – is the sublime lakeside town that for many represents the culmination of the Macedonian experience. And even if it doesn’t reach those lofty heights, it has to be one of the most laid-back and most picturesque places in the Balkans, a region renowned for its effortless, laid-back beauty.

Sunbathing by the shores of Lake Ohrid in the village of Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14th, 2007.

Sunbathing by the shores of Lake Ohrid in the village of Ohrid (map-pointer-icon), Macedonia. September 14, 2007.

The town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe – it was first mentioned in Greek documents from 353 BC. However, the charming tourist friendly town found today nestling by the shores of the lake was built mostly between the 7th and 19th centuries. With its abundance of history, heritage & architecture, not to mention the uniqueness of its lake, the Ohrid region was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979.

Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav monastery (St Pantelejmon) and more than 800 Byzantine-style icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. After those of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow, this is considered to be the most important collection of icons in the world.

– UNESCO commenting on the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region

Buildings in the village of Ohrid on the shores of Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14th, 2007.

Museums today, Ohrid’s Robevci & Uranija houses are the two best & most picturesque examples of traditional Ohrid architecture remaining in the town, a style developed that saw houses built in tight confines such that their upper levels grew out over the streets, sometimes enclosing them altogether; there was limited space among the tight and twisting streets as the town expanded. Painted white to reflect the sun and with great views over the lake, these surviving structures were homes of well-to-do families as they are larger than the average. In the village of Ohrid on the shores of Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14, 2007.

A section of the Ancient theatre of Ohrid overlooking Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. September 14th, 2007.

A section of the Ancient theatre of Ohrid overlooking Lake Ohrid. This ruin is from the Hellenistic period, the period of ancient Greek and Mediterranean history between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the emergence of the Roman Empire. Built in 200 BC, only the lower section of the theatre remains today situated between two hills that both protected it from winds and amplify its acoustics. Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14, 2007.

Fishing at sunset off a pier in the village of Ohrid in Macedonia. September 13th, 2007.

Fishing at sunset off a pier in the village of Ohrid, Macedonia. September 13, 2007.

Ohrid || The Lake Version

Lake Ohrid, the jewel in Macedonia’s crown, is, at over three million years old, rather old. It came into existence in a remote geological period as a result of tectonic shifts. Its presence here means that today not only is the Ohrid region an historic one but also a picture-postcard one.

Pleasure craft on mirror-like Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14th, 2007.

Pleasure craft on mirror-like Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. September 14, 2007.

Sunset on the path to St. Jovan Kaneo Church overlooking Lake Ohrid on the outskirts of the village of Ohrid, Macedonia. September 13, 2007.

Sunset on the path to St. Jovan Kaneo Church overlooking Lake Ohrid on the outskirts of the village of Ohrid, Macedonia. September 13, 2007.

St. Jovan Kaneo Church overlooking Lake Ohrid on the outskirts of the village of Ohrid, Macedonia. September 13th, 2007.

St. Jovan Kaneo Church overlooking Lake Ohrid on the outskirts of the village of Ohrid. A Macedonian Orthodox church dating from the 13th century, it was built in the shape of a cruciform with a rectangular base. It has been restored many times with a 1964 restoration leading to the discovery of frescoes in its dome. Perched on a cliff overlooking the peaceful lake, it is Macedonia’s most iconic building and easily its most photographed. Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. September 13, 2007.

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