The Church of St Gorgija or St George was built in 1835 on the foundations of an older sacral object.The iconostasis was completed in 1850. The iconostasis is quite exceptional, with the lower part being made out of stone. This is something I have not seen before in Macedonia if i remember correctly. The upper part is from wood, with detailed...more
This statue is officially called "A girls' going for water", and symbolizes the traditional going for water to public fountains by young girls and brides.The monument is from the middle of the 1980s.Maybe it should be renamed to "a girl's going to a cafe" because in the summer the statue is completely hidden by the parasols of a cafe, as you can...more
The Miladinov brothers Dimitar (1810-1862) and Konstantin (1830-1862) were born in Struga. The memorial house is the house where they were born and raised.The brothers are famous for putting together an important collection of Folk Songs.Dimitar was a teacher, who followed his education in the St Naum near Ohrid, among other places. Konstantin went...more
The Town Hall is the building with the blue windows on the left side of the picture, in front of it you can find the Monument of the Revolution.We usually visit the town hall when we are in a new town, since they often have free maps, booklets about the town and surroundings etc.The booklets in English and Macedonian were finished unfortunately,...more
Isn't it great when you are surprised during your travels? In 2009 we visited the ruins of an Early Christian Basilica in Oktisi, not far from Struga. The Bradt Guide Macedonia mentioned that there were some excellent examples of late Roman mosaics at this site. Unfortunately, there were no mosaics at all, and we heard that they had been removed to...more
The Natural History Museum in Struga houses over 10000 examples of flora and stuffed fauna from the Ohrid and Prespa regions in the southwest of Macedonia.From the outside it looks pretty bad, but inside it is a really interesting museum which gives a good overview of the local fauna. The museum is located on the west site of the river Crni Drim,...more
This small but impressive gallery is part of the Dr Nikola Nezlobinski Museum in Struga. The museum was founded in 1928 with the opening of the department of natural history and the permanent zoological exhibit. In 1961 the archeological department was formed and in 1974 the gallery of Vangel Kodzoman was opened.The paintings of Vangel Kodzoman...more
This statue is for Kuzman Josifovski-Pitu (1915-1944). The statue is located in front of an old city house. A sign next to the statue says:In this house on 23 September 1941 in the presence of the national hero and member of the regional committee of the communistic party of Yugoslavia Kuzman Josifovski-Pitu, a constructive meeting of the regional...more
This example of an old house can be found directly opposite to the Memorial House of the Miladinov Brothers and next to the Vangel Kodzoman Art Gallery.It has limited opening hours, from 09.00-11.00, and unfortunately it was closed when we were there.In front of the house there is the Statue of Kuzman Josifovski-Pitu.more
The monument of the revolution was erected in 1974 on the location of an older monument. Nowadays (2012) it looks like it has not been taken care of ever since...The sign next to the monument tells a poem that translates into something like: The revolution is like a river,It flows without stoppingFrom the springs of the pastTo the delta of the...more
This building is part of the Museum of Struga, to which also the Museum of National History, the Memorial House of the Miladinov Brothers, and the Vangel Kodzoman Art Gallery belong.I don't think this building is open to the general public, but we visited shortly with our guide who also showed us the above mentioned museums.This impressive building...more
On the square in front of the town hall there is this statue of Mother Tereza (1910-1997).Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, from Albanian parents.The statue can be found on the east side of the Crni Drim river. At the same square you can find the monument of the revolution and the Mustafa Pasha Mosque is also nearby.more
Somewhere between the Mustafa Pasha Mosque and the Halveti Hayati Mosque there are the barely visible ruins of an amam, an old Turkish bath house.A friendly man who owns the shop left from the amam saw us looking for it and he took us to the backyard behind his shop where we could have a closer look. But still there was not much to see from this...more
This mosque is located not far from Lake Ohrid on the east bank of the ricer Crni Drim.We had a look inside, of course after we took off our shoes.We had heared somewhere that there were the remains of an older mosque inside the mosque, but the remains turned out just to be a few old stones in the wall of the new mosque.more
Close to Lake Ohrid and the first bridge over the river (the Poets' Bridge), and west from the river Crni Drim, you will find a tiny church dedicated to St Nikola.When the church was built, they found the foundations of an unknown older church.Some inforation I found on internet (http://www.ldastruga.org/history.aspx): It is believed that the first...more
In 2012 we had a lunch is this pizza restaurant next to the river Crni Drim (Black Drim).I ordered a pastrmajlija with egg and bacon. Pastrmajlija is a Macedonian style pizza, normally oval shaped and with a slightly different and thicker bottom than a pizza.The egg/bacon pastrmajlija of restaurant Angela came with an ordinary round pizza bottom,...more
My girlfriend and I stopped for a drink at Restaurant V-Plazza during a day trip to Struga in March 2012.This beachside restaurant, with outdoor tables on the edge of Lake Ohrid, is located a few minutes walk east of River Drim at the end of the town centre beach.It was a sunny day, so we sat at one of the outdoor tables while we studied the menu....more
We ate lunch at Restoran T'ga Za Jug during a day trip to Struga in March 2012.Our Bradt guidebook described the restaurant as a place for "traditional food and setting in the centre of town" and that sounded good to me! I was also attracted to this place by its name; T'ga Za Jug being the name of the red wine that I'd been enjoying during my stay...more
My girlfriend and I visited the small picturesque fishing village of Radozda from nearby Struga during our trip to Macedonia in March 2012.We took a taxi from Struga to Radozda (a journey of a little under 10km and costing 300 MKD) and had intended to take a taxi back to Struga.However, we had over-estimated the size of Radozda and the ease with...more
While visiting the town of Struga in March 2012, we decided to make a side trip to the fishing village of Radozda close to the Albanian border.The bus service was infrequent (and we didn't know where to catch one) so we flagged down a taxi on Vlado Maleski, the main street running west along the edge of Lake Ohrid.The dilapidated old taxi didn't...more
My girlfriend and I took a taxi from Struga to Ohrid during our visit to Macedonia in March 2012.We were staying in Ohrid and had caught a bus (cost: 40 MKD each) from there to Struga for the day. We intended to catch the bus back to Ohrid but, having walked to the town's inter-city bus station, we discovered that the buses to Ohrid don't stop...more
A small jewellery shop selling silver filigranes. You may find them also in Ohrid and in the Bashcharshiya of Skopje, but don't leave the country whithout some piece as a souvenir. Filigranes are sold by wheight. For 3,7 g I payed 1000 denars on the street.more
We visited the town of Struga from Ohrid during our holiday in Macedonia in March 2012.
After a day of sightseeing in the town, we located the inter-city bus station on the map in our guidebook and began to walk there. It is located some 1.5km north of the town centre, along busy dual carriageways. It took us 15-20 minutes to walk there from Marsal Tito in the centre.
When we got there, we discovered a crucial fact that our guidebook omitted to mention:
The buses to Ohrid do not leave from the inter-city bus station!!!
Instead, they pick up passengers at the roadside in the centre of town where we had just come from!
Long distance buses to Debar, Tetovo and Skopje and international buses to Belgrade, Istanbul and Sofia leave from this bus station, but please let me re-iterate:
The buses to Ohrid do not leave from the inter-city bus station!!!
There where the river Crni Drim goes in from the lake, the stream is very tough and you can train your condition swiming against it.
The water is clear and there are ladders all the river long for people to get in. And locals do it.
In August 2012 the Macedonian government announced a nation-wide ban to enter the Macedonian forests because of forest fires.This meant that it was not allowed to enter the forests or mountains, on penalty of a 3000 euro fine.The sudden ban was of course a disaster for those who came to Macedonia in order to hike in the mountains, like we did!In...more
Struga is also known for its wonderful bridges over the river Crn Drim.At the spectacular poetic event entitled "Bridges", poets read their works from the bridge under which the River Crn Drim flows out of Lake Ohrid, before an audience of some ten thousand people. Some of the greatest poets of the world are recipients of the Golden Wreath, the...more