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    Church Mother of God Peribleptos

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Aug 23, 2014

    This Church was built in the first half of the 10th century.
    It is situated in the upper part of Ohrid, near the Gate.
    The belongings of St. Clement were transferred to this church from the previous church St. Panteleimon, which was burned and converted into a mosque by the Turks.

    The most important treasures of the church are the old ecclesiastical books, perchament manuscripts of 11th and 12th century, old music notes of Byzantine church songs, icons.

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    Monastery and Cave Church of St Stefan, Ohrid

    by Pijlmans Updated Aug 9, 2014

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    About 4.5 km outside of Ohrid, on the road to St Naum, take the path uphill, from opposite Hotel Beton. This steep path (± 500 m) will lead you to "Sveti Stefan". There´s a little cave church, taken care off by a friendly old lady called Raina. She does not like to have her picture taken, but will make you a nice cup of coffee if you have the time!

    UPDATE 2014: When we came back here after a couple of years for our 3rd visit to the church, we heard that Raina passed away about 3 years ago. Her little house had been taken down, and there is ongoing construction to built monastery lodging houses at the site. Entrance to the church nowadays is 60 Denar (1 euro). The few remaining frescoes in the church are in bad condition, they are completely black from the smoke of candles. A good thing: Raina's task of taking care of the church and its visitors has been taken over by a very friendly young girl, who made us a coffee just like Raina used to do.

    Nowadays it is also possible to stay in the newly built lodging houses

    The following was written at a sign next to the church:

    The little cave church of St Stefan originates from the middle of the 9th century. At that time monks used to lead an alien life, especially on the shore of the Ohrid Lake. There are several little cave churches from that time.

    The frescoes of the St Stefan little cave church are partially preserved. The church fathers are painted in the altar. Those are St Vasilij the Great, St Jovan Zlatoust, St Anastasije Aleksandrinski, placed in the northern part of the altar the image of St Stefan the patron of this church is placed in front of the altar.

    In the southern part there are damaged Slavic writings with elements of the Greek Lexicology, proving that the church was built by the people who were living in Ohrid and the neighboring villages: Shipokno, Goritsa and Konisko.

    You could walk to the St Stefan, or if you are by bike or car, you can visit this cave church and the one after Pestani at the Gradiste beach, about 20 km from Ohrid and halfway to St Naum (See my cave church St Bogorodica tip).

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    Catholic Church of St Kiril and Methodi

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

    This new Catholic Church dedicated to Saints Cyril and Methodius is a bit outside the old center of Ohrid.

    Most churches in Macedonia are Orthodox churches, so this Catholic church is an exception.

    Sunday mass is at 11.00 h, on working days at 18.30 h.

    The Church of St Nikola is also nearby.

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    Church of St Nikola

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

    This church dedicated to St Nicholas was built in 1863.

    It was recently renovated.

    The church is close to the crossing of Jane Sadanski and Partizanska. From the center of Ohrid, walk south along the lake and turn left at Villa Dea.

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    Church of St Constantine and Helena

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    Close to the Church of St Bogorodica Perivleptos you can find this church dedicated to the Holy King Constantine and his mother Helena.

    The Church of St Constantine and Helena is one of the few mausoleum churches found in Ohrid.

    The church was built and painted in 1477.

    The frescoes show citizens of Ohrid from the 14th and 15th century and the donor of the church Parthenius the Hieromonk, his son Mihailo, and his mother Maria.

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    Church of St Dimitrij

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    The Church of St Dimitrij (St Demetrius) can be found between the Upper Gate and the Church of St Bogorodica Perivleptos.

    It was most likely built and fresco-painted in the 14th century.

    This church was always closed when we visited previous years. In 2012 we found out that the caretaker of the church who holds the key, lives in the white house just below the church (on your left hand side when you face the door of the church). You can kindly ask him to open the church. It is a good habit to leave some money or buy a candle!

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    Church of St Nicholas Gerakomia

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    The Church of St Nicholas Gerakomia was built in the 19th century.

    The icons in the main row of the iconostasis were painted during 1862 to 1869 by Dico Zograph, a well know painter from that time.

    The remains of St Clement were brought to this church in 1952, but were returned to their previous resting (Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos) in 1991.

    It is located close to the Church of St Sofia.

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    Church of St Barbara

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    St Barbara is a small church from the 19th century, although there are records about an older church from the 18th century on this location.

    The church is dedicated to the martyr St Barbara, who suffered to death for Christ's faith in 306 and whose relics are in Kiev.

    In the yard of St Barbara a road sign with the name Lychnidos (the old name of Ohrid) was found.

    The church can be found between the church St Sofia and the Roman Amphitheater on the street Ilindenska.

    Previous years the church was always closed and we did not see the inside. In 2012 we found out that the man from the Icon Gallery has the key of this church. He told us that his grandfather had build the church. He called somebody else to keep an eye at the Icon Gallery and we met him soon after with his sun at the Church of St Barbara. His son may be the next caretaker of the church!

    It is a good habit to leave some money or buy some candles. In this case, maybe just leave some money because the candles will be extinguished after you leave the church in order not to cause a fire if there is nobody around...

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    St Bogorodica Kamenska

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    You can see the church Sveti Bogorodica Kamenska (the Holy Virgin Mother at Kamensko) when you are standing on the Krusevska Republika Square (the square with the 900-year old Plane tree Cinar and the fountain.

    The church was probably built in the 17th or 18th century and renovated in 1832.

    An inscription above the southern entrance states Dico Zograph as the painter of the frescoes in 1863. The educators/saints Kiril and Metodi are shown in the frescoes in the southeastern part of the apse, as well as the early missionary St Erasmus and St Clement of Ohrid.

    The iconostasis, made around 1832, ranks among the finest in Macedonia and is believed to be carved by Dimitrije Stanisev of Krusevo.

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    St Nikola Bolnicki, Ohrid

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    St Nikola Bolnicki is located very close to St Bogorodica Bolnicki (Holy Mother Bolnicki) in Ohrid. Both churches were built in the 14th century and were originally hospital churches (bolcnica means hospital).

    The churches can be found on both sides of a small lane leading from the Lower Gate of the town wall to the lake. See the pictures for the entrance of the church, it can easily be missed.

    The churches were separated into the women's hospital of the Virgin Mary and the men's hospital of St Nikola, the latter one being about 70 years older.

    St Nikola consists of an older church inside a newer church. Pay some attention to the heavy walnut doors!

    Both churches originally backed on the town wall, parts of which can still be found in the church grounds.

    If one of the churches is closed, ask for the key in the other church. Free entrance.

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    St Bogorodica Bolnicki (Holy Mother Bolnicki)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    St Bogorodica Bolnicki (Holy Mother Bolnicki) is located very close to St Nikola Bolnicki. Both churches were built in the 14th century and were originally hospital churches (bolcnica means hospital).

    The iconostasis was carved in 1833 by the Macedonian woodcarver Nikola Darkovski Karadzovic of Lazaropole.

    The churches can be found on both sides of a small lane leading from the Lower Gate of the town wall to the lake. See the pictures for the entrances of the churches, they can easily be missed.

    The churches were separated into the women's hospital of the Virgin Mary and the men's hospital of St Nikola, the latter one being about 70 years older.

    St Nikola consists of an older church inside a newer church.

    Both churches originally backed on the town wall, parts of which can still be found in the church grounds.

    If one of the churches is closed, ask for the key in the other church. Free entrance.

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    Cave Church Sveti Bogorodica, Ohrid

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    At Kaneo, under the cliff on which the famous Chuch of St Jovan is built, you will find a small cave church, Sveti Bogorodica (Holy Mother of God).

    Just follow the stairs that lead down from St Jovan. If you are lucky, the cave church is open.

    This used to be a very scenic and quiet place at the lake. Unfortunately, nowadays a beach bar can be found on the adjacent small and rocky beach.

    The cave church Sveti Bogorodica is part of a tour through Ohrid, see the link below.

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    Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos, Ohrid

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos (St Clement´s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious) can be found close to the Upper Gate of the town wall.

    This late 13th century church was first called only by the second half of its present name. The St Clement´s prefix was adopted after St Clement relics were transferred here during the Ottoman empire. The relics of St Clement were brought to Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos from the church built by St Clement that used to be where now the newly built St Clement´s Monastery Church at Plaosnik is, and where he was buried in 916.

    At the same time, when the original cathedral St Sofia was turned into a mosque, Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos became the cathedral of the archbishop.

    By the beginning of the 16th century the cathedral had become a collection point for historical records and artefacts saved from other churches of Ohrid, and became the archbishopric museum, which is now the National Museum of Ohrid, housed in the Robev Residence.

    The guide of the church is a woman with raven black hair that will give you an excellent tour in perfect English. Don´t miss this tour, since she is very enthusiastic and will tell you many interesting facts!

    Entrance fee for foreigners is 100 Denars (about 1.60 euros). Note that the opening times are from 09.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00 h.

    Next to the church you will find the Icon Gallery.

    Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos is part of a tour through Ohrid, described in the link below.

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    Saint Panteleimon

    by antistar Updated Jun 4, 2013

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    The monastery of Saint Panteleimon is the most sacred and holy place of all ethnic Macedonians. Thousands gather here on religious holidays, especially around Christmas and Easter. The monastery dates from around the 9th century, and is believed by some to be the first university in Europe. Students were probably taught using the ancient Glagolitic script, the oldest known Slavic alphabet.

    A lot of work is currently being carried out on the monastery. The monastery was only fully reconstructed in 2002, and work continues today on archaeological digs around the site looking for the ruins of a Roman basilicas which stood on the same spot. Their existence is pointed to by the Roman pillars that stand outside the monastery.

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    Sv. Bogorodica Perivlepta.

    by Askla Updated May 4, 2013

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    Sv. Bogorodica Perivlepta (also often called Sv. Kliment) was inaugurated in 1295. It has outstanding frescoes from the same time. It became the cathedral of the archbishop after the relics of Sv. Kliment were brought here during the Turkish rule when the original cathedral, Sv. Sophia, was turned into a mosque.
    After the relics were brought there it soon became the collection point for artefacts of different kinds from all around the area. This was to be the ground stone for the archbishopric museum which was founded in 1516. This in turn later became the National Museum of Ohrid.
    The lady on duty in the ticket office when I visited has writen a book about the frescoes. She has been working as a conservator for more than 30 years and knows everything about the different pictures and their meanings. She said that there are 5 different meanings to each picture. She also told me that the painter must stay in a monastery meditating and praying for several years to cleanse his soul before he an start painting.
    Go and see these frescoes before it's too late, some of them are in a poor condition, and they are definitevly not getting better in the future.
    The church was built of brick and travertine and is very beautiful also from the outside. It is now (April 2013) undergoing some renovation.

    Entrance fee 100 denar.
    No photoes permitted inside.

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