Ohrid

I spent this afternoon walking around the old town of Ohrid in Macedonia (FYROM). That meant a fair bit of hill climbing as the old town is built on the side of a hill overlooking the lake. It is a very picturesque town and currently quite busy with tourists. I’m told that the residential population is around 50,000 but that number is doubled by tourists in June, July and August.

Ohrid has lots of lakeside restaurants and bars
Ohrid has lots of lakeside restaurants and bars
Boat captains seek business taking tourists on tours around the lake
Boat captains seek business taking tourists on tours around the lake
Concrete docks and gravel areas become makeshift beaches for sunbathing and swimming
Concrete docks and gravel areas become makeshift beaches for sunbathing and swimming
Houses in the old town stack up the side of the hill
Houses in the old town stack up the side of the hill
It seems as though every house on the hillside has a view of the lake
It seems as though every house on the hillside has a view of the lake
Looking down on the bay from the hillside
Looking down on the bay from the hillside
Houses crowd along the narrow roads
Houses crowd along the narrow roads
Steps lead you further up the hill
Steps lead you further up the hill
The Hellenistic amphitheatre (built in 200BC) is still used for shows
The Hellenistic amphitheatre (built in 200BC) is still used for shows
Ohrid Amphitheatre
Ohrid Amphitheatre
The Upper Gate in the old town's fortified walls is still in use for traffic
The Upper Gate in the old town’s fortified walls is still in use for traffic
The town wall in the foreground with Samuil's Fortress on the hill
The town wall in the foreground with Samuil’s Fortress on the hill
The walls of the fortress loom over Ohrid
The walls of the fortress loom over Ohrid
View of the bay from the Samuil's Fortress
View of the bay from the Samuil’s Fortress
The fortress has commanding views in all directions
The fortress has commanding views in all directions
Work is ongoing to renovate the fortress
Work is ongoing to renovate the fortress
Church of St. Sophia
Church of St. Sophia
Church of St. Sophia - rear view
Church of St. Sophia – rear view
St. Clement's Church, Ohrid
St. Clement’s Church, Ohrid – built in 893AD
St. Clement's Church
St. Clement’s Church
Mosaic floor in the Baptistry of the Basilica - 4th to 6th century AD
Mosaic floor in the Baptistry of the Basilica – 4th to 6th century AD
Part of the 4th century basilica in Ohrid
Part of the 4th century basilica in Ohrid
4th century mosaic tile floor in the Basilica
4th century mosaic tile floor in the Basilica
Much of the Basilica still awaits excavation and restoration.
Much of the Basilica still awaits excavation and restoration.
An old Series Land Rover has been parked unused for two years next to the Basilica.
An old Series Land Rover has been parked unused for two years next to the Basilica.
This old girl needs rescuing
This old girl needs rescuing
Vehicles and pedestrians compete for space to pass through this tunnel under an apartment
Vehicles and pedestrians compete for space to pass through this tunnel under an apartment
A pretty location
A pretty location

 

Tomorrow, I leave Macedonia and cross into Albania to visit the town of Berat.

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