Showing posts with label ohrid tourist destination. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ohrid tourist destination. Show all posts

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ohrid- the history on the lake

The history and values of Lake Ohrid are featured in Australian leading national news media "The Australian"
The article "Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: history on the lake" is written by ANGELA SAURINE. She writes some reasons why people of Australia should visit and learn about this region:

ICONIC IMAGE: If there is one sight that symbolises Ohrid, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s southwest, it is Church of St John (or Jovan) overlooking the lake. Built on a cliff above the fishermen’s settlement of Kaneo, a short water-taxi ride from the port, the Orthodox Church is dedicated to John of Patmos, who is also believed to be John the Apostle. While the exact date it was built is unknown, archaeologists believe it was in the 13th century, before the rise of the Ottoman Empire, with a mix of Byzantine and Armenian architectural styles. While there, grab a bite at one of the restaurants built into the rocks at Kaneo, which have inviting decks over the water.

ANCIENT GLORIES: Ohrid is one of 28 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites recognised for both their natural and cultural attributes. With its narrow cobblestone streets and traditional two-storey houses with rectangular windows and timber beams, the medieval old town is a wonderful place to wander. Built in 200BC, the city’s well-preserved ancient theatre was once used for gladiator fights. Since being revived in the 1980s, it has been used as a venue for concerts and the performance of ancient plays and comedies during the annual Ohrid Summer Festival in July and August. A Game of Thrones-esque fortress also sits at the top of the hill overlooking the city. In the early 11th century, Ohrid was the capital of a Slavic empire ruled by Car Samuil, and his fortress was one of the most impregnable strongholds in the Balkans, with 16m-high walls that stretched for 3km. Archaeological excavations indicate the fortress was constructed on the site of an earlier fortification that was likely built by Alexander the Great’s father, Phillip II of Macedon, in the 4th century BC. The city is also home to one of the first Slavic universities, the Ohrid Literary School, which dates to the 10th century.

SAIL AWAY: At 350sq km, Lake Ohrid is so big it feels more like an ocean. It is one of the oldest lakes in the world, formed by tectonic shifts in the Earth’s crust three to four million years ago and, at 300m, also one of the deepest. Hopping on a boat and exploring the lake and its many attractions is a must. Mato Co International offers tours ranging from half an hour to a full day that visit cave churches, fishing villages and monasteries. A highlight is the Museum on Water at the Bay of Bones, a recreation of a settlement that existed from 1600-800BC with houses built on a wooden platform on stilts.

GRAPE ESCAPE: On a similar latitude to California’s Napa Valley and Tuscany in Italy, this area is emerging as a wine destination. Evidence of oak wine barrels from 500BC have been found near the capital city of Skopje, 170km from Ohrid, and the country has more than 100 wineries. The most famous grape variety is vranec, which means “a strong, black and powerful horse”, and accounts for nearly half of the vineyards planted with red grapes. But cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, muscat and riesling are also grown. Tikvesh Winery, Stobi Winery and Popova Kula Winery are all worth a visit on a day trip.


Original Article:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/ohrid-former-yugoslav-republic-of-macedonia-history-on-the-lake/news-story/1fb1e30c6488b1b83ac9de01e9fe21f2

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Project Milestone- The Albanian National Council of Restoration approves the boundaries of the potential World Heritage property



The National Council of Restoration under the Albanian Ministry of Culture through a decision on 25 May 2016 approved the proposal for delineation of the boundary of the potential extension of the transboundary World Heritage property and its buffer zone, in the framework of the project "Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region." The National Council of Restoration decided to: Approve the proposal of the boundary of the potential transboundary World Heritage property in the framework of the Lake Ohrid project, based on the results of the joint field mission: ICOMOS, IUCN, ICM, NAPA, RAPA, Municipality of Pogradec and Institute of Archaeology; Approve the option of the boundary that includes: the waterline of the Lake Ohrid, cultural features of the landscape of the Lin Peninsula and Lin Village, areas critical to the scenic integrity of the Lake Ohrid (Drilon, coastal landscapes to the North of Lin), pile dwelling areas. This is a great news for the work to be done in preparation of a potential nomination file to extend the World Heritage property "Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region" to the Albanian side.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The 56th Ohrid Summer Festival (12 July -20 August)


The Ohrid Summer Festival is the biggest cultural event in FYR of Macedonia. The 56th Ohrid Summer Festival this year opens in July 12 with a Gala Concert and it will last until 20 August 2016. The festival will offer classical and opera concerts, theatre and dance staged at venues all over the city.

The new Director of this Festival, Oliver Arsovski, once a musician himself who performed in this festival before, considered the Ohrid Summer Festival as one of the most prestigious cultural events not only in Ohrid and Macedonia, but also elsewhere in the region and beyond.
  
"For years the Ohrid Summer Festival, has established top artistic standards. In addition to the traditional festival program, more attention will be paid this year to its off­-program, including jazz weekends, ballet performances, concerts by famous musicians, etc." said Oliver Arsovski, the Director of Festival. 

These events would be organized when Ohrid is going to be packed with tourists.
This tradition originates from the city of Ohrid – the spiritual capital of Macedonia, the antique city with its magically blue lake, a city with a cultural history marked with values of the ancient civilization, –the city that represents the whole Macedonian cultural and spiritual history.

The first time Ohrid Summer festival was held on 1961 on August 4th in the beautiful cathedral church St. Sophia where the opera singer Ana Lipsha Tofovic marked the beginning of a festival, which later obtained the name Ohrid Summer Festival.
In the first years of the festival, the direct connection of St. Sophia with the vocal music prevailed. In couple of years of self-discovery and outlining its own physiognomy, Ohrid Summer firmly established itself as one of the pivots of the Macedonian cultural tradition.