Monday, March 19, 2018

The winners of #OurLakeOhrid social media contest

Lake Ohrid Photo Album

The beauty of the Lake Ohrid Region is now featured in a Photo Album, produced by UNESCO and presenting the best photographs of the social media contest #OurLakeOhrid. The contest was organized during Summer-Autumn 2017 on the several social media channels (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) of the project: “Towards strengthened governance of the shared trans boundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”, funded by the EU and co-financed by the Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment. Participants were challenged to share their experiences of the stunning region, using the hashtag #OurLakeOhrid.
From over 400 photographs submitted, 50 winning entries were chosen to feature in this album to celebrate the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region.
We wish to congratulate all those who took these beautiful photos and have helped share the beauty and unique values of this remarkable region with the world. The quotes of each winning photo are provided in three languages: English, Albanian and Macedonian. The winners will all get a copy of the #OurLakeOhrid Photo Album of as a gift for their contribution. 

Here are the winners of this photo contest:   

Klaudio Spirollari; Kristina Zaturovska; Diaro24horas; Zoya Naskova; Nikola Paskali; Aleksandar Angelovski; Iulia Enkelana; Enkel Dika; Betim Berisha; Kristi Alla; Mihaela Miova; Audrey Lesner; Mimoza Cholak; Slobodan Dimitrovski; Lisa Chiou;  Lidia Janevski; Gjergji Koki; Amer Demishi; Evelino Tahip; Rachel Ling; Nikola Verusheski; Guelbear; Anxhela Latifllari; Harry Lesner; Mark Fennelly; Altina Ismaili; Marija Dojoshevska; Eduards Muižnieks; Ramadan Besim

Albumi fotografik i Liqenit të Ohrit
50 fituesit e konkursit #OurLakeOhrid

Bukuria e Liqenit të Ohrit tashmë është përmbledhur në një album fotografik, i prodhuar nën kujdesin e UNESCO. Albumi prezanton fotogafitë më të mira të konkursit që u zhvillua në mediat sociale me hashtagun #OurLakeOhrid. Konkursi u organizua gjatë periudhës verë-vjeshtë 2017 në disa kanale sociale të projektit: “Drejt një qeverisjeje të përbashkët të trashëgimisë natyrore dhe kulturore ndërkufitare të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit”, financuar nga BE dhe Ministria Shqiptare e Turizmit dhe Mjedisit, dhe zbatuar nga UNESCO. Pjesëmarrësit në këtë konkurs ndanë eksperiencën dhe fotot e tyre rreth bukurisë së rajonit të Ohrit duke përdorur hashtagun e caktuar. Nga 400 foto të postuara, u përzgjodhën si fituese 50 prej tyre, të cilat janë tashmë pjesë e një albumi unik, që paraqet trashëgiminë e pasur kulturore dhe natyrore të rajonit të Liqenit të Ohrit. Ne falenderojmë gjithë ata që na sollën këto foto kaq të bukura dhe që na ndihmuan të ndanim me gjithë botën, vlerat mahnitëse dhe unike të këtij rajoni të mrekullueshëm. Diçiturat e secilës foto janë në tre gjuhë: Anglisht, shqip dhe Maqedonisht. Fituesit do të marrin një kopje të albumit #OurLakeOhrid si një dhuratë për kontributin e tyre. Ja dhe fituesit e këtij konkursi fotografie:

Klaudio Spirollari; Kristina Zaturovska; Diaro24horas; Zoya Naskova; Nikola Paskali; Aleksandar Angelovski; Iulia Enkelana; Enkel Dika; Betim Berisha; Kristi Alla; Mihaela Miova; Audrey Lesner; Mimoza Cholak; Slobodan Dimitrovski; Lisa Chiou;  Lidia Janevski; Gjergji Koki; Amer Demishi; Evelino Tahip; Rachel Ling; Nikola Verusheski; Guelbear; Anxhela Latifllari; Harry Lesner; Mark Fennelly; Altina Ismaili; Marija Dojoshevska; Eduards Muižnieks; Ramadan Besim

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ohrid, among 20 greatest cities to visit in spring

The Telegraph Travel is listing 20 greatest cities to visit during Spring 2018. Ohrid city is ranked in 12th place. In the first place is Paris, followed by Amsterdam.... while ranked the last in the list is New York.
Here is what article is saying about Spring and Ohrid city:

"The coming of spring is a reason to be cheerful – to shrug off winter’s drab touch, with all its insistence on Dry January and self-denial; to embrace the northern hemisphere’s return from hibernation with its flowers, its balmy bouquets, its perfumed petals, its hint of something better around the corner.
It is also, most certainly, a time for travel. The following 20 escapes limit the rapture to a weekend (or a long weekend, anyway) – and, with a handful of exceptions, to the European land mass and some of its most intriguing major cities. You don’t need to go far to collide with spring’s flirtatiousness. But they should all deliver, to some extent, a dose of renewal, a surge in spirit – and, on a less ethereal basis, a night or three in an inviting hotel, with its fluffy pillows and decadent breakfasts. 

The eighth largest city in Macedonia ( is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful fragments of the European realm, pitched on the shore of Lake Ohrid with such pretty persuasion that it features on both the Unesco Cultural and Natural World Heritage lists (only 28 places have achieved this double). Inevitably, it is at its most elegant in spring.

See full article here:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reconstruction of “Ali Pasa” mosque in Ohrid sparks reactions

The reconstruction of “Ali Paska” mosque in Ohrid has sparked debates, because a local association has discovered the foundations of a church and the construction works belonging to the Roman age underneath it.
The reconstruction of this mosque in the center of Ohrid is being done by the ministry of Culture, but “Sovest” association and political parties have demanded for these works to be suspended in order to evaluate the age of the walls of the mosque and the foundations around it.
“We demand for the works to be suspended and for a commission to be appointed in order to investigate it. We also demand the involvement of UNESCO in this process”, Mihail Trendafilov of “Sovest” association said.

Trendafilov says that there are documents and testimonies testifying that before the construction of the mosque, there has been an ancient cemetery, constructions of the Roman period and then Saint Nicolas church.

VMRO-DPMNE in opposition has also held a protest against the works, saying that they should be suspended and an opinion by UNESCO should be requested.
Meanwhile, the ministry of Culture said that there’s no reason to suspend the works for the reconstruction of Ali Pasa mosque, but it demands responsible institutions to act according to the law in case there are indications for violations of the law. This ministry said that it will seek a professional opinion by UNESCO if the works need to be continued or not. Ali Pasa mosque in the old quarter of Ohrid dates back to 1491. 


Monday, February 26, 2018

What to see in Ohrid city?

Ohrid city has become a very popular destination for European travelers within the last few years due to its position on the lake, medieval castle situated on top of the city, rich history, and magnificent views.
Of course, anyone visiting Ohrid will first notice the beautiful lake it is positioned on. Lake Ohrid is on the UNESCO list both as a cultural and natural heritage site since the 1980s. It is known that the lake has continuously existed for two to three million years.

The lake is found in two countries, Macedonia and Albania, while the city Ohrid is the largest city positioned on the lake. An estimate of 40 natural water sources (rivers and streams) flow into Lake Ohrid (17 from Macedonia, and 23 from Albania). The largest water sources come from the National Park Galichica and Lake Prespa. The lake, also, has over 100 beaches.
The large quantity of body of water serves as a natural climate adjuster. During the summertime, the lake cools the air, and in the winter, it gives off heat; therefore, the lake never freezes.

Lake Ohrid is not the only historic landmark of importance. The city Ohrid is one of the longest human settlements in Europe. The city was progressively built between the 7th and 19th century.
It was also known as the “Jeruselum” of the Balkans at one point for having 365 churches, one church for each day of the year (many were destroyed during the Ottoman Empire).

The city is also known for its pearls – Ohrid’s Pears or Ohridski Biseri. Each jeweler has its own traditional technique for making the pearls, but they are mostly made from the prevalent fish species known as Plasica.

Below are listed things to see and do while exploring Ohrid and its hidden treasures. The list might look long, but many of these historical landmarks are located within the old city walls by the lake and can be visited within a day or two range time.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Planting trees around Lake Ohrid Region

 Some amazing views, videos and photos came this week featuring our beautiful lake Ohrid Region. This time is Ecovolis, a group with young people who work on a program to contribute for a greener environment in Albania traveled in Lin Peninsula to plant new trees and to promote the region

They brought us the view of the region, which is still covered in snow. Ecovolis planted some trees around the lake, in order to raise awareness and to sensitize all the people living in the area, to protect their environment and their precious region, which was inhabited since the ancient time. Also it was a kind of promotion to the beauties of the whole Lake Ohrid region, and it's  historical sites nearby, such as Illyrian Tombs of Selca. It is very impressive when young people are trying to promote the values of the historical places.. 

See a short video and some photos from Ecovolis:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tushemisht and Lin, among '100 villages program' of Albanian government

Lin Village
Tushemisht and Lin, are two beautiful villages situated on Lake Ohrid region, Albanian Side. Lately these two villages are part of new program adopted by the Albanian Government to enhance the economic development of the 100 cities with touristic potential. The program “100 villages” whose selection has already been made, envisions government intervention in infrastructure and services, but also funding through grants.

Lin Village

“These villages have an attractive effect and high potential in tourism, thus in tourism development, socio-economic development, they have rich natural and environmental resources, cultural heritage, and traditional products.. So we will work hard in these three years with these villages. 
We will support the project package for each village, including infrastructure intervention, economic support through ministry grants, and training and support for the local community,” said advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Enea Hoti for TV SCAN. 

With regard to the support for individuals and farmers, there will be some categories that may be beneficial, both from the state budget and from donors.
In total, it is estimated that only about 2 million euros will be invested by the Ministry of Agriculture. Program “100 villages” has become part of the strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture for the period 2018-2020.

The government has decided to exploit the agri-tourism potential of the country as a good opportunity for stimulating development of the rural areas, farms and businesses there.

The program targets at coordinating development interventions into the rural space of 100 villages according to an inter-sectoral approach doing away with the partial interventions.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Albania submitted the Lake Ohrid Nomination Dossier to UNESCO

Albania submitted on 1st of February the nomination file to World Heritage Center in Paris, to extend the existing World Heritage property "Natural and Cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid" with Albanian side of the like.
The submission of the Nomination Dossier was signed by two Albanian Ministers, the Minister of Tourism and Environment Mr Blendi Klosi, and the Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro. Both Ministries worked together through a group of experts to prepare this dossier, in which are introduced and analyzed all the outstanding universal values of Lake Ohrid, as a mix property, for its cultural and natural heritage.

The nomination process was assisted by the project: Towards strengthened governance of the shared trans-boundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region, founded by EU and Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment, implemented by UNESCO with help of its advisory bodies.

The nomination extension file includes sections on the identification and description of the site, and most importantly, the justification for its inclusion on the World Heritage List. There are many interesting facts about the Lake Ohrid region that were not well-known before, even by locals.

Now the dossier of lake Ohrid is at UNESCO World Heritage Centre for the usual evaluation process by the IUCN and ICOMOS and eventually for discussion by the World Heritage Committee. Albania hopes that by 2020, the Albanian part of Lake Ohrid will be inscribed as a World Heritage property.

Shqipëria dorëzon dosjen e Liqenit të Ohrit në UNESCO

Shqipëria dorëzoi më 1 shkurt në Qendrën e Pasurive botërore në Paris, dosjen për zgjerimin e pasurisë aktuale natyrore dhe kulturore të Liqenit të Ohrit, me pjesën shqiptare të Liqenit. Dosja u nënshkrua nga dy ministrat shqiptare. Ministri i Turizmit dhe Mjedisit, z Blendi Klosi dhe Ministrja e Kulturës znj Mirela Kumbaro.

Të dy ministritë kanë punuar së bashku përmes grupit të ekpertëve për të përgatitur këtë diosje, në të cilën janë prezantuar dhe analizuar gjithë vlerat universale të Liqenit të Ohrit si pasuri mikse natyrore dhe kulturore.

Procesi i nominimit është asistuar nga Projekti: Drejt një qeverisje të përbashkët natyrore dhe kulturore ndërkufitare në rajonin e Liqenit të Ohrit, i financuar nga BE dhe qeveria shqiptare dhe i zbatuar nga UNESCO me ndihmen dhe të grupeve këshillimore të saj.

Procesi i nominimit përfshin dokumente të identifikimit dhe përshkrimit të këtij site dhe justifikimin për përfshirjen e tij në listën e Pasurive botërore. Ka shumë fakte interesante për rajonin e Liqenit të Ohrit që nuk janë të njohura më parë edhe për banorët.

Tashmë dosja e Lieqnit të Ohrit është në UNESCO për një proces vlerësimi nga IUCN dhe ICOMOS si dhe do diskutohet në komitetin e Pasurive Botërore. Shqipëria shpreson që nga 2020, pjesa shqiptare e Liqenit të Ohrit do të jetë e listuar në UNESCO.