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The archeological department of the National Museum is located in the Robev family house.
The Robevs were a trading family that grew rich in the 19 century. (They are still an active family with companies in many different countries all around the world.) When they left Ohrid they donated the house to the museum. The museum as an institution in itself was founded in 1516, making it one of the oldest museums in the world.
The archeological collection on the ground floor shows stone findings from the 4th century before our time (BOT) and onwards. On the upper floors you can see what the Robev's home looked like as well lots of "normal" archeological findings. Among the more interesting are the coins, some as old as from the time of Alexander the great who lived in the middle of the 4th c. BOT.
In September 2003, a stunning find was made in a tomb inside the Samuli\s fortress. The tomb dates from the 5th c. BOT and contained a golden post mortal mask, a golden hand glove with a ring, golden sandals and several burial objects. You can read on different places like guide books and internet pages that these things are on display at this museum. THEY ARE NOT!! They were shown here once, for only one single day, but due to lack of security they are now all in Skopje. This I was told by the young man in the ticket office. That was a big disappointment since this gold treasure was one of the main reasons for me to go to Ohrid from the beginning.
Working hours: 10.00 -14.00 and 18:00-21:00, closed Monday.
Entrance fee 100 denar.
No photos permitted at all.
Updated Apr 20, 2013
Address: Ulica Tsar Samoil.
In Krushevska Republika Square can you see what remains of the 900 year old platan tree. It is said that there once was a small café within the tree!
Written Apr 17, 2013
Address: Krusevska Republika Square.
The National workshop for handmade paper is a little but interesting museum. Here a man shows how paper has been made by hand since the 2nd century (the year 104) before our time when the method was invented by the Chineese. He explains the differences in colours of the papers due to what kind of wood he has used. Then he goes on to the press and demonstrates the Guthenberg method. This press is an exact copy of Guthenberg's own press. There are only two such in the world, the other one being in Bled, Slovenia.
The workshop is run by the family. It is open from 10.00 to 17.00 every day and the entrance is free. He speaks some English, but because of his enthusiasm, what misses in language is well made up in other ways.
Updated Apr 17, 2013
Address: Tsar Samoil 60.
A den Doolaard is the pseudonym of the Dutch writer Cornelis Johannes George (Bob) Spoelstra jr (1901-1994).
One of his books, The Wedding of the Seven Gypsies (De Bruiloft der Zeven Zigeuners), written in 1939, resulted in an extraordinary interest of the Dutch people in Ohrid, resulting in 50,000 Dutch tourists a year.
The Wedding of the Seven Gypsies takes place in Ohrid and is a must-read if you like Macedonia, especially for Dutch people when they visit Ohrid (since the book is in Dutch).
The story in the book "Orient Express" from Den Doolaard is also located in Macedonia.
The monument was designed by the Macedonian architect Vladimir Taic and revealed in 2006.
It can be found along Quay Marsal Tito, close to the end of the quay (if the beginning of the quay is the old center of Ohrid).
Updated Mar 23, 2013
Finally, and only because it was listed in the LP guide as a sight: the 900 year old plane tree. Despite its tiny size, it has allegedly been used as a home to a barber shop and a cafe at various points in history. Today it has been turned into a kind of monument, and seems to be the prefered hang-out of the local drunks (not the guys in the picture who were just having a chat).
Updated Mar 4, 2013
The new (2011) Galicica National Park Office is located along the road from Ohrid to Velestovo.
It is close to the petrol station at the Bulevar Turisticka near the Biljana Springs, just before you exit Ohrid on the road to St Naum. This place is called Studenchista.
You can follow the asphalt road uphill from the petrol station, but it is faster to take the stairs uphill at the yellow signs with maps of the Galicica National Park.
When you go left at the top of the stairs, you go to the new Galicica National Park Office and a Second World War memorial. To the right there are the ruins of an Early Christian Basilica.
In the summer, it is mandatory to get a permit to enter the park due to fire harzard. To get a permit, you need to show your passport at the Galicica National Park Office, and tell them exactly where you will go in the park. We could not get a permit for more than two days. If you are caught in the park without a permit, you can get a fine up to 3000 euro.
Since 2011, the trails in Galicica National Park finally have finally been signposted. There also are several signposts with maps that describe these trails. We only did the Francophonie Hike this year, I don't know how well the other trails are marked. I do not hope that the fact that the coordinates of the first signpost (P13) that we saw were wrong is indicative for the accurateness of the others!
Unfortunately, when we were at the office in summer 2011, it was impossible to get a paper map of the trails. They actually did have the paper maps, but were unable to give or sell them to us. Apparently they had not paid the bill to the printer of the maps yet and were not allowed to distribute the maps. And this exactly in the tourist season! A typical example of Macedonian inefficiency and bureaucracy...Hopefully these maps will become available in the future...
UPDATE 2012: the maps are now available from Mega Tours in Ohrid, 2.5 km from the Galicica National Park Office. Ironically enough, but not unexpected, you cannot get the map of the Galicica National Park at the Galicica National Park Office / Visitors Center...
In August-September 2012 it was not allowed to enter the Galicica National Park. A nation-wide ban to enter the forest was announced because of forest fires. Although we could obtain permits for hiking from authorities everywhere else in Macedonia, the Galicica National Park authorities would not give us such a permit and we could not do the hikes we planned. Hopefully their rigid attitude changes during future summers, otherwise this park is pretty useless to people who are interested in its natural treasures.
Updated Sep 29, 2012
Phone: +389 (0)46 261 473
The cultural center Cultura 365 was founded in 2011 by Misho Yuzmeski.
The small center contains a memorial room for the Dutch writer A. den Doolaard.
Den Doolaard contributed a lot to Ohrid's popularity among Dutch tourists with his book "De bruiloft der zeven zigeuners" (The wedding of the seven gypsies, 1937), a love story that is set in Ohrid. This book is a must-read for Dutch people, preferably while staying in Ohrid or Macedonia since you will recognize many places from the book!
Another great book by A. den Doolaard that is set in Macedonia is "De Orient-Express" (1934).
There also is a Monument for A. Den Doolaard in Ohrid.
You can buy an interesting small book about A. den Doolaard, named "Our Dutch friend A. Den Dolaard" written by Misho Yuzmeski for 300 denars (5 euros, ISBN 978-9989-911-49-1)
Misho Yuzmeski also organizes walking tours in the National Park Galicica for 30 euros per person, lunch and transportation included (prices 2012). Misho speaks English, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish and Macedonian.
As a Dutch person who loves Macedonia, and having read Den Dolaard's books, I really enjoyed the initiative for the memorial center Cultura 365!
Updated Aug 21, 2012
Address: Car Samoil Street 34, Ohrid
Phone: +389 (0)70 50 74 24
Recently a wooden bridge was constructed along the cliffs of Ohrid.
it starts from behind the Church of St Sofia to somewhere before Kaneo.
To reach Kaneo from the bridge, just follow the direction of the lake. There are some signs as well pointing to Kaneo.
Halfway the bridge there is a place where you can find your horoscope sign. If you touch it and throw a coin in the water you can make a wish. The coins are fished out of the water in the evening :-)
The wooden promenade is an easy shortcut to the beaches at Kaneo.
Written Aug 21, 2012
Walk up to the castle, for great views of the lake and city.
the church (sveti kiliment')on the way up is nice to walk around again with great views.
the ampitheatre is ok to look at.
walk around the old town and the streets.
have a meal on the waters edge - stunning location.
walk along the water promonade for a casual relaxing time.
Written Jun 8, 2012
This mosque is on the Krusevska Republika Square, close to the 900-years old plane tree Cinar and the fountain.
The mosque was built in the first half of 17th century by Zeynel Abedin-Pasha as a mosque and religious school.
Today, there is a burial chamber with the tomb of Haji Muhammad Hayati, who was of Persian descent and was the first dervish sheikh in Ohrid.
Updated Sep 18, 2011
Address: St Clement of Ohrid
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