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  • St, Naum Monastery, near Ohrid, Macedonia.
    St, Naum Monastery, near Ohrid,...
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  • St, Naum Monastery, near Ohrid, Macedonia.
    St, Naum Monastery, near Ohrid,...
    by planxty
  • St, Naum Monastery, near Ohrid, Macedonia.
    St, Naum Monastery, near Ohrid,...
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    Sveti Naum

    by antistar Updated Jun 4, 2013

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    Sveti Naum, Macedonia
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    Some 30km south of Ohrid on the lake is the beautiful, if small, monastery of St. Naum. The monastery was built in 900AD by its 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 just 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 are plenty of taxi drivers waiting to whisk you home to your hotel.

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    A much revered saint.

    by planxty Written Jul 21, 2011

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    St, Naum Monastery, near Ohrid, Macedonia.
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    Macedonia is a religious country with Orthodox Christianity predominating and, in the Orthodox way, saints are very much revered. Ss. Cyril and Methodius, St. Cement of Ohrid and St. Naum, and it is of the latter that this tip refers to. In the late 9th century, Christianity was advancing rapidly in the Slavic region. St. Clement was a prominent teacher in the Ohrid region and one of his students was Naum. He was, it should be said, one of about 3500, so it is significant that when Clement was promoted Bishop in 893 Naum was chosen from this large number to continue the teaching work.

    He built a monastery on the site you can see now, which sits literally yards from the modern day Albanian border and was buried there on his death in 910 AD.

    Unfortunately, the old building was destroyed by fire in 1875 so obviously the building you see now is much more modern although it is still very impressive.

    As you can see from the photo, the site is wheelchair accessible although I would suggest the path to the main building would be quite steep for a wheelchair.

    The weather was not so kind that afternoon but, as we left, you can see Naum favoured us with a delightful rainbow.

    To get to the monastery you need to take the road along the East side of the lake towards the Albanian border and you will see the building on the hill just before the border, it is at GPS coordinate Northing: 40° 54' 50.16" N GPS coordinate Easting: 20° 44' 26.24" E and is 14 miles from Ohrid.

    If you visit Ohrid, you really should take a trip out here to see the place associated with such an important figure in Macedonian history.

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    Side trip to Saint Naum

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jun 19, 2011

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    Monastery of Saint Naum
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    Saint Naum mainly consists of a monastery of the same name. The history of the Monastery of Saint Naum dates back to the 9th century, when it was built by Saint Naum of Ohrid.

    Like Saint Clement, also Saint Naum of Ohrid was a disciple of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius. Saint Naum was buried in his monastery in 910.

    During the Ottoman era the monastery was completely destroyed; so the current structure dates back to the 16th and 17th century. The frescoes, which show scenes from the life of Saint Naum, have been painted in 1806.

    The entrance fee to the monastery cost 100 MKD (approx. 1,70 Euro).

    Directions:
    Saint Naum is located at Lake Ohrid, about 30 km south of Ohrid, just near the Macedonian Albanian border. We visited the place during the 7th VT Euromeet on a bus tour. I have read that the route is also served by public buses.

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    Saint Naum monastery

    by dila Updated Jun 15, 2011

    Distance from Ohrid downtown: 22.64 km

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    I will put the travelogues on Trpejca page.
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    MONASTERY OF SAINT NAUM

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 10, 2011

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    Saint Naum Monastery
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    Situated along Lake Ohrid, 29 km (18 miles) south of Ohrid, the MONASTERY OF SAINT NAUM is an eastern Orthodox Monastery, named after the medieval Saint Naum who founded it in the year 905. Saint Naum (835 - 910) was buried in the church in 910.
    Saint Naum is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia and an important pilgrimage place. The monastery was included in our VT tour "Lazy Drive to Ohrid via Prespa Lake". It was quite late in the evening when we got there and it rained most of the time we were there. But it still couldn't deter us from appreciating this truly beautiful monastery.
    The present day church was built in the 16th century. Of the original church, just the side chapel with the grave of St. Naum, still stands.
    Frescoes (pics # 3 & 4) were painted in 1806. The side chapel frescoes depict the life and miracles of St. Naum.
    Near the monastery, there is a small separate chapel (pic #5).
    There was a 100 Denar price for admission.
    Around the church grounds, you will see many peacocks. The noise that came from those birds was unbelievable.
    After our tour, our group had a small dinner at Ostrovo Restaurant which is part of the Monastery complex.

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    Visit Sveti Naum Monastery

    by shrimp56 Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    view from Sveti Naum

    Again the Macedonian monks have chosen another beautiful location for one of their churches. This one is from the 17th century.
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    To get there take the road south from Ohrid about 30km (20mi) -- there is bus service.
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    Please visit my Sv. Naum travelogue for July 2003 pictures.

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    The fresco over the entrance to Sveti Naum

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    The monastery at Sveti Naum was more substantial than many. It was begun by Naum Ohridski in 910. He came to the region after 7 years of teaching throughout Macedonia. He is buried there.

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