Gorna Belica Travel Guide

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    Gorna Belica
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    Church St Clement
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    Church St Petka
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    Via Ignatia Trail 3 more images

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    According to the information panel that we encountered while walking from Gorna Belica to the Church of St Clement, this 8 km trail takes you along:

    - Gorna Belica (1450m)
    - Jankov Kamen (1200m, a picnic place with benches)
    - Vajtos (ancient Roman stopping place, on the Via Egnatia or Crni Drim road?)
    - St Clement (1260m)

    The Via Egnatia was an important Roman road, that connected e.g. Ohrid (Lychnidos) with Bitola (Heraclea Lyncestis).

    You can see a part of the Via Egnatia near the village Radozda.

    I only walked the part from Gorna Belica to St Clement, so I do not know how well the rest of the trail is marked. On another hike in the neighbourhood I found the picnic place Jankov Kamen. I think it will be hard to do this walk without a local guide.

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    by Pijlmans Updated Apr 2, 2008

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    The Church of St Clement is believed by the villagers of Gorna Belica to actually be the 9th-century summar monastery of St Clement, before he permanently moved to Ohrid as bishop.

    Gorna Belica celebrates two festivals in honor of both its patron saints, St Petka on August 8 and St Clement on August 9. These festivals apparently start very early, when we were at St Clement on August 9 around 11.00 am, the festival was already over.

    St Clement is about 30 minutes walking outside the village Gorna Belica (signposted).

    The Church of St Clement (Sveti Kliment) lies along the walking trail "Via Egnatia", the old Roman road.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by Pijlmans Written Mar 19, 2008

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    The 19th-century Church of St Petka (or Paraschevia in Vlach) can be found in Gorna Belica.

    Gorna Belica celebrates two festivals in honor of both its patron saints, St Petka on August 8 and St Clement on August 9. These festivals apparently start very early, when we were at St Clement on August 9 around 11.00 am, the festival was already over.

    Pay some special attention to the wooden hawk above the central lantern in front of the iconostasis inside St Petka. The wings of the hawk go up and down when the lantern is pulled up and down.

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    • Religious Travel
    • Historical Travel

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