Ohrid's Remarkable Places of Worship Tour, Ohrid

There is a legend supported by observations by Ottoman traveller Evlia Celebia, from the 15th century, that there were 365 chapels within the town of Ohrid's boundaries, one for every day of the year. Today this number is significantly smaller. However during Medieval times, Ohrid was called Slavic Jerusalem
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Ohrid's Remarkable Places of Worship Tour Map

Guide Name: Ohrid's Remarkable Places of Worship Tour
Guide Location: Macedonia » Ohrid (See other walking tours in Ohrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: gene
Haji Turgut Mosque

1) Haji Turgut Mosque

The Haji Turgut Mosque was built in 1466 by the Turkish Empire and is believed to be the oldest mosque in town. It was built on the former site of the St. Kyriakia church. The legend says that the minaret of the mosque had collapsed several times until the Turks left the original cross on the top of the...   view more
Zeynel Abedin-Pasha Mosque

2) Zeynel Abedin-Pasha Mosque (must see)

The Zeynel Abedin-Pasha Mosque was built in the seveteenth century by Zeynel Abedin-Pasha as a monastery of the Halveti Order. Nowadays the mosque contains a burial chamber in which rest the remains of Haji Muhammad Hayati, a Persian ancestor of the first ruler of...   view more
St. Bogorodica Perivlepta Church

3) St. Bogorodica Perivlepta Church

The church was built and painted in 1295. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Perivlepta is an attribute given to her that means "the Omnisicent and Clairvoyant". The benefactor was Progon Zgur, son-in-law of the Byzantine emperor Andronicus II. The church was painted by Michael and Eutychius. The frescoes they painted have all the elements of Renaissance art except perspective. The figures painted by Michael and Eutychius are not presented the traditional Byzantine way, skinny, emotionless...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of St. Sophia

4) Church of St. Sophia (must see)

The Church of St. Sophia is one of the most important monuments of Macedonia, housing architecture and art from the Middle Ages. It was built during the First Bulgarian Empire, after the official conversion to Christianity. Some sources date the building of the church during the rule of Knyaz Boris I (852 – 889), others during the rule of Tzar Samuel of Bulgaria (997 – 1014).

Originally the synod church of the Archbishopric of Ohrid, it was later converted into a mosque during the rule...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Church of St. Bogorodica Bolnicka

5) The Church of St. Bogorodica Bolnicka

This church is located in the proximity of the Lower Gate. There are no historical confirmations reagarding the date of the church’s construction, however, the architecture and design of the interior paintings is very similar to the sixteenth century style. The church bore many renovations throughout its time but nonetheless, has original frescoes within its...   view more
The Church of St. Nicholas Bolnicki

6) The Church of St. Nicholas Bolnicki

The Church of St. Nicholas was built at the very beginning of the fourteenth century. It is located in the proximity of the Lower Gate of Ohrid. The church has a one-naval shape, which is a quite an original architectural design for the Ohrid area. The church has a bell tower and a porch on its western...   view more
Church of St. John at Kaneo

7) Church of St. John at Kaneo (must see)

Saint John the Theologian, Kaneo, or Saint John at Kaneo, is a Macedonian Orthodox church situated on Kaneo beach overlooking Lake Ohrid. The church is attributed to the author of the Gospel of John, John the Evangelist. The construction date of the church remains unknown but documents detailing the church property suggests that it was built before the year 1447. Archaeologists believe that the church was constructed some time before the rise of the Ottoman Empire very likely in the 13th...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint Panteleimon Monastery

8) Saint Panteleimon Monastery (must see)

Saint Panteleimon is a monastery situated on Plaošnik. It is attributed to Clement of Ohrid, a disciple of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius. Archaeologists have come to believe that the monastery was the site where the first students of the Glagolitic alphabet (used to translate the Bible into Old Church Slavonic) were taught.

The monastery is believed to have been built when Saint Clement arrived in Ohrid, at the request of Boris I of Bulgaria and restored an old church. Sources say that...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Ohrid, Macedonia

Create Your Own Walk in Ohrid

Create Your Own Walk in Ohrid

Creating your own self-guided walk in Ohrid is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Art Galleries Walk

Museums and Art Galleries Walk

Ohrid is a town that is proud to share its heritage with visitors. Due to the small size of the town, there are only a few museums in Ohrid. Take the following tour through the historic and art exhibitions that offer a fascinating glimpse into the local culture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

A resort town of Ohrid, sitting on the shore of the eponymous Lake Ohrid in southwestern Macedonia, is a compact old settlement and a World Heritage Site renowned for its medieval churches, monasteries and open-air ruins. The massive walls of the ancient Samoil’s Fortress, crowning the hill over the town, is one of the top local attractions. To see the rest of them, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Ohrid Shopping Walk

Ohrid Shopping Walk

The following tour will take you through the most famous spots for souvenir and jewelry shopping in Ohrid. Among the most commonly bought gifts in Ohrid are filigree and pearl jewelry, woodcarvings and coppersmiths’ products. An interesting fact about most shops in Ohrid is that they are family owned and have been in business for decades.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Ohrid Daily Life Tour

Ohrid Daily Life Tour

The town of Ohrid is a quiet and cozy place, rich in interesting sites and a hospitable atmosphere. By taking the following tour, you will get to observe the town’s beautiful architecture and monuments and get a feel for the life of the locals.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km