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We visited the Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church during a day trip to Radozda in March 2012.
This small 13th Century church is located inside a natural cave in the mountains above the village and can be reached on foot via the steep winding steps that begin next to the "Dva Biseri" seafood restaurant.
The door to the church is kept locked, but a sign at the bottom of the steps informs visitors that the key can be obtained from the Dva Biseri restaurant. The owners of the restaurant were outside at the time of our visit and were happy to go and fetch the key for us. There is no charge for visiting the church.
The climb up to the church can probably be done in a little over 5 minutes, but we kept stopping to soak up the spectacular views of Radozda and Lake Ohrid. We also stopped to take photographs of a small tortoise that was crawling along beside the steps.
Once at the top, we unlocked the door and made our way inside. As expected, it was small, dark and damp and much cooler than the outside temperature. However, once we located the light switch and turned it on, we saw that the church was decorated with some impressive frescoes (dating back to the 14th Century) of various saints and religious scenes.
There was also a guestbook inside the church for visitors to sign. We were the first people to sign it for over two months.
After leaving the church, we noticed a pile of candles and a box of matches; we each lit a candle and placed them just outside the door.
I'm not in the least bit religious, but I would recommend that any visitor to Radozda makes the effort to climb up to Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church – if only for the stunning panoramic views!
Written May 13, 2012
Parts of the old Roman road Via Egnatia are thought to be located just outside of Radozda. The road is located about 2 km outside of the center of Radozda.
After the restaurant Dva Biseri below the Cave Church of Archangel Michael turn right and uphill at the first shop. You will pass the Church of St Nikola at the cemetery and soon will see a cobbled road. This should be the remains of the Via Egnatia.
It is not known where the road exactly was located or heading. Some say parts of it are underwater in Lake Ohrid between Struga and Ohrid, while recent findings indicate that this may not be the case.
If you walk a bit further uphill, you will find the small churches of St Sreda and St Bogorodica.
Updated Feb 13, 2010
This small chapel is dedicated to St Sreda (St Wednesday).
It is a bit uphill from the remains of the Via Egnatia.
When we were there, there were so many flies that is was hard to make pictures without a blurry fly on them!
Updated Sep 13, 2009
The Church of St Nikola is located at the cemetery of Radozda.
If you follow the road uphill to the south from St Nikola, you will find the remains of what is though to be the ancient Roman road Via Egnatia.
Updated Sep 13, 2009
Between Radozda and Kalista there is a campsite called Livadista.
They have a nice beach!
If you are by car, park outside otherwise you might have to pay to enter the site.
Updated Sep 13, 2009
The beautiful cave church of Archangel Michael is located high in the cliffs above the village Radozda.
Radozda is the last village before the border with Albania on the western side of Lake Ohrid.
Amongst the frescos in the church is one of the Archangel at the Miracle of Chonae. Some of the frescos date back to the 13th century.
Before you go up the stairs to the church, ask for the key at the nice restaurant Dva Biseri (Two Pearls) since the church might be locked. They will also be able to serve you a tasty meal after the steep hike up the stairs!
Updated Apr 2, 2008
There are seven churches in Radozda located in the village or around the village. The most interesting and the oldest church is St. Archangel Michael cave church in the rocks above Radozda and it is the patron of Radozda. Entering Radozda from Struga the first church you'll see is St.Sunday, inside and beside this church there are springs with frech and cold refreshing water in every season, this church was used for baptising in the past.The other churches are St.Wednesday and Virgin Mery church which are located above the village on the old location of the village in the wood above Radozda. There is also St. Ilija church on the south end of Radozda , then there are churches inside the village, the St. Petka and St. Nicola.St. Nicola is the main church built half in the ground cuz of the turkish regulations in the past.
Updated Jan 31, 2008
Address: Radozda,FYR of Macedonia