Monday, July 29, 2013

Ohrid, the Lake and the City

Lake Ohrid, which straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania, is one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem that is of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species. Ohrid, the largest city on the lake, is famous for picturesque houses and monuments and is well known as "Jerusalem of the Balkans" for its numerous churches. The lake and the city of Ohrid in Macedonia were both inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Now the name of this site is “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region”. Many thanks to my friends Predrag, Jean and Evelyne for these two beautiful postcards both sent from Ohrid city when they had holidays there. It is said that you can visit different churches each day in one year in the city! The first card, sent by Predrag, shows the most famous one, the Church of St. John, situated on the cliff over Kaneo Beach overlooking the lake. The second one, sent by Jean and Evelyne, features some nice views of the lake also the city. Thank you again my friends !