The 'Exceptional Beauty' Of Macedonia's Lake Ohrid
Published 27 August 2013
Often referred to as "the Jerusalem of the Balkans," the Macedonian city of Ohrid is one of just 28 locations worldwide to have been listed by the UN Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in both its culture and nature categories. According to the UNESCO website, the "city and its historic-cultural region are located in a natural setting of exceptional beauty, while its architecture represents the best preserved and most complete ensemble of ancient urban architecture of the Slavic lands."
With a beautiful natural setting and a rich architectural heritage, Ohrid is Macedonia's best-known tourist destination.
The cool, tranquil waters of the 300-meter-deep Lake Ohrid are a major attraction for visitors.
Lake Ohrid and the nearby Galicica Mountain are home to a number of endemic species.
As one of the oldest human settlements in Europe, Ohrid is the location of many important archaeological sites, including this one on Plaosnik Hill.
The medieval monaestery of St. Naum is another important historical site.
Ohrid's popularity with tourists is something of double-edged sword, however, with recent development plans causing some concern among conservationists.