Ancient churches and a large lake in North Macedonia

Sveti Jovan at Kaneo in Ohrid
Sveti Jovan at Kaneo in Ohrid

Ohrid was one of the most important cities of the early medieval Bulgarian Empire, which had gained independence from Byzantium. A whole series of medieval Orthodox churches can be seen in this town, surrounded by Ottoman houses, a Roman theatre and repeated views of Lake Ohrid. The most photogenic is certainly the little church of Sveti Jovan at Kaneo, perched on a steep coast high above the lake. But the other churches, some with well-preserved frescoes, are also worth a visit.

There are other churches to see in the surrounding area. The best known is the monastery of Sveti Naum, which lies on the southern lakeshore just before the Albanian border.

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