Observing Lake Ohrid, illuminate by the Sun at any time of the year, one gets the impression that it has just been born, no matter that it came into being millions of years ago. In its blue waters there is a plant and animal kingdom known today only through fossils.
The single condition that has made possible the preservation of the remains of the ancient flora and fauna and its further evolution is the long continuity of Lake Ohrid's existence. In fact Lake Ohrid began its life even before man's appearance. Lake Ohrid came into being about four million years ago - according to Dr. Sinisa Stankovic, a years - long researcher into this lake.
Lake Ohrid came into existence in remote geological ages as a result of tectonic shifts.
Lake Ohrid rightly deserves the name "Macedonia's freshwater sea". Not only for its warm water blue color, which gains its intensity from the heavens' blueness, but because of its size, this lake gives an impression of being a sea. It cover an area of 358 square kilometers and one gets an impression of being in front of a large bay of the sea as if a part had been uprooted of the sea's breadth, and launched among high mountains 695 meters above sea level. On its northern shore the ancient town of Ohrid, located on a double hill with highest point at Samuel's Fortress 800 m. above sea level, rises above the lake like some colossal piece of scenery.
Church at dawn
This is Church Sveta Sofija on the way to the bus station the last day in Makedonia at 7.30am
From this place there is a steps up that head to the hostel where i was living in Ohrid.. its just 15 minutes on foot .. i didnt enter in the church i rather see it from outside and i could say that it was really pretty, built in XI century originally as a cathedral
Ohridski Biseri | Ohrid Pearls (I&V)
The famous Ohrid pearls are made with usage of the scales of the endemic Ohrid Lake Plasica fish which makes them the unique in the world. Nowadays, there are only two families who know the Ohrid’s best kept secret – the secret of making the pearls: Talev family and Filev family. Both of the families have kept the knowledge for the three generations, since the 3rd decade of the 20th century, and both have legend-like stories how the secret made its way to them. The Talev web presentation explains that Ohrid pearl "is very valuable (esteemed) because of natural origin and hand made. Its production is art and unique. The natural pearls are durable 150 years, but Ohrid pearl is durable for ever."
Among the supposed owners of Ohrid pearls are Queen Elizabeth, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his spouse Queen Silvia of Sweden…
Ohrid pearl is probably the best souvenir from Ohrid, as well as the most appropriate gift for a lady.
Some 30km south of Ohrid on the lake is the beautiful, if small, monastery of St. Naum. The monastery was built in 900AD by it's namesake, St. Naum, who came to Ohrid after being expelled for his disobedience to German priests in Great Moravia. His body is now interred within the monastery, and he attracts many devoted tourists every day of the year.
(Please don't be tempted to tap the floor with your feet like a drum when people press their ear to his tomb listening for his legendary heartbeat.)
The monastery is beautiful, but the grounds it sits in even moreso. It sits on a low cliff above a sandy beach that stretches for about a kilometer before disappearing into thick reeds. The hinterland is a marshy mix of lush green vegetation shading soft pools of water where the sources of the lake spring forth.
Because of its major status as a tourist attraction, the small shingle road leading to the monastery is stacked with all kinds of vendors. They aren't pushy, and are useful even if you don't want to buy some Saint Naum nicknack. It's great to have someone to buy a drink and a snack out here in the wilderness.
Getting to Sveti Naum is relatively easy if you want to rent a taxi. You can do the whole trip in two hours easily, and you can rent a taxi to wait for you that long for about 20 euros. If you jus want to nip in, take a few pictures of the monastery and the peacocks and be out, you can probably negotiate 15.
If you take a bus you can grab one from the street behind the bus station. Ask carefully where it is, because I missed it. It's the one that leads to the bus station from behind the ticket stands. That will only cost you a couple of hundred denar, but check the timetables. If you miss the bus back, there's plenty of taxi drivers waiting to whisk you home to your hotel.
If you go to Sv Bogorodica Klamenska church above the square, continue uphill to the clock tower. I have no idea when this was built, or much about it at all, but it is an interesting sight and not too far out of the way.