Welcome to Ohrid, the old city of light with rich cultural and historical heritage in which a lot of civilizations left their own mark. Welcome to the magical place where on an amazing way the cultural and natural heritage are mixed along with the hospitality, city for which many world searchers of beauty use to call this city – Macedonian part of paradise.
Ohrid, with its natural, cultural, spiritual and historical features, is the most developed tourist and cultural center, not only in the Republic of Macedonia, but in the Balkans and wider in Europe. These values had been recognized by the world, thus Ohrid and Ohrid Lake, many years ago were inscribed on the UNESCO list as a rare cultural and natural heritage. A true rarity is the claim by the world scientific community that in Ohrid there is a 7000 of continuous live and the remaıns of civilizations are noticeable in over 250 archaeological sites discovered so far.
This guide book will take you to new experiences. It will take you through the famous historical sites, the rare natural beauties, it will take you away through the centuries in the past and on the other hand it will allow you to feel the present. I assure you that for each time spent on this holly place you will become a part of the Ohrid story and you wiil retell to your loved one.
I invite you, to taste the specialties of the Ohrid and Macedonian traditional cuisine in combination with glass of beautiful wine and Ohrid’s traditional music. As well-known friendly hosts, we can promise you a pleasant and unforgettable stay in Ohrid, which will fulfill your soul and heart.
Have a nice stay in Ohrid and bring with you beautiful memories that will constantly make you to vısıt agaın to the old city of light.
Mayor of Ohrid
Jovan Stojanoski, Phd
This is not a story, But a reality, an eternal one, and one which so far no one has managed to retell. Probably no one hasn’t even tried. There are several places in this world which simply cannot be retold. When standing in front of their monuments, the remains of the civilization of old, and the temples where you forget your identity, the only thing your intellect allows you is respect and contemplation, thinking of the things that are yet to be discovered and explored.
Here in Ohrid the smartest and the wisest and the most powerful people throughout the centuries had only one goal – to leave at least their mark. Ohrid simply couldn’t be conquered, but it would immediately become the seat of the most powerful men and it would continue to live its life where the conqueror entering the city wouldn’t charge in, but bow to the city.
Today it is the same,
In Biblical Macedonia, every path leads to Ohrid. The person coming to Ohrid is at first amazed, and afterwards, deep within his soul, bows to its marks, which simply encourage you to understand or maybe to wonder – why certain places have been chosen to be different, praised and unique in the whole world.
That’s what Ohrid is like,
The ancient Lihnidos, whose fortress is mentioned for the first time by the historian Livius, way back in the third century B.C. According to explorers, this is where apostle Paul has resided on his journey dedicated to teaching and spreading the faith in Christ.
Ohrid is the center of Christianity for all Slavs, an archbishopric seat, a seat of schools and universities, the first ones in this region, and even further. Today Ohrid remains a center of archaeological sites and discoveries. Ohrid is the city of 365 churches. One church for each day of the year.
This fact has been evidenced in the 14th century by Evliya Çelebi in his travel books, and in the Middle Ages Ohrid has been called the Slavic Jerusalem.
The city of the first cave-churches in this region, where one forgets time and space and receives unique answers. The city where monasticism laid its wisdom and God His divine wisdom.
Ohrid is the prize for Biblical Macedonia – can be said or thought of only by those who have seen and felt it. Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return and why it simply cannot be retold.