Jerusalem of the Balkans

Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid, Macedonia

This beautiful postcard of the Macedonian city of Ohrid comes from Anita. It was a swap that Dilyana set up for me ages ago but the backlog of the postcards that I still need to post is just huge. The title of this post is based on the nickname that the city got for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year. The city is the largest city on the banks of Lake Ohrid and is home to 42 000 people. Between 1979 and 1980 Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were declared both Cultural and Natural UNESCO World Heritage site. This makes Ohrid one of only 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to be accepted on both lists. The name of the city used to be Lychnidos but from 879 the slavs started referring to the city as Ohrid, which means “on the hill.” This is a part of the world that has always fascinated me and I’m glad that it is so beautiful too. I simply cannot wait to travel to a place like Ohrid. Thank you Anita, this postcard is stunning!