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I think we should have this kind of thread where we can post puctures, information and other media to present the many wonders this tiny peace of land has to offer.

So is this a thread that should belong in a football forum ?

I think yes, cause XT is a multinational and multicultural forum. So, getting familiar with other nations culture and history is an important step towards mutual understanding and respect. And I think that will help in the development of the XT community.

I'll start with a few pictures and then others can follow with some more.

Enjoy !

BTW, the pictures are not attached, they are served by outside servers, so there is no cost for xtratime.org ;)
 

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St. John Kaneo Church on the banks of Ohrid Lake :



Located on the southwestern side of the hill surmounting Lake Ohrid is the church dedicated to St. John the Theologian - Kaneo. It is not certain when it was built and fresco painted. However, a document about the church property suggests that it was built before 1447.

This old church is in a cruciform shape with rectangle basis. It has three-sided apse on the eastern side and an octagonal dome. It should be underlined that the structure is harmonious and it is highly successful in the ornamental shaping of the facades and the dome. The architecture of the church is important when studying the medieval monuments of culture. The broadly accepted viewpoint is that the constructor achieved a highly successful combination of Byzantine and Armenian architectural elements.

In the period before the arrival of the Turks on the Balkans, the spiritual life in the church St. Jovan Zlatoust was quite developed. However, gradually that spiritual life declined in the following few centuries, and even the church itself partially decayed.
 

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Tzar Samuil Fortress :



Samuil, a skilled military leader and statesman, established the first Macedonian state (976-1018). Samuil's Empire comprised the whole of Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Albania and the former coastal Sclaviniae of Duklja, Travunja, Zahumlje and the Neretva region, and also Serbia (t.e. Rashka) and a considerable part of Bulgaria.
 

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St. Pantelejmon church :



Even though it is best known for its frescoes, St.Painteleimon church in the village of Nerezi 5km from Skopje has exceptional architecture. It was built in 1164 and it is the oldest surviving example of a specific type of five domed church with a central architectural plan. It is also an exact replica of Nea Church from Istanbul, which does not exist anymore.

The church is well preserved and even though it does not has the elegance of 13th and 14th century Byzantine churches, it has very modest but very thought through decoration which is synchronized with the architectural system. As the frescoes inside the church are considered a breakthrough in the history of art, the building itself carries many innovations in the architecture.
 

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Plaosnik :




St. Clement's monastery "St. Pantheleimon" is located at Plaosnik (known as Imaret during the Turks), southwards from the Samuel Fortress. This monastery is the oldest Slavic monument of culture. It had an extremely important role in the education of the Macedonians during the period of strong influence of the Byzantine Empire.

St. Clement of Ohrid, its patron and protector, arrived to Devol, Ohrid, and Glavenica persuaded by the Bulgarian Prince Boris.
The archaeological excavations revealed that for his needs St. Clement restored an older church and built onto it another church. There were a number of early Christian buildings on the site. That tells us that the ecclesiastical life was thriving even before the arrival of Clement to Ohrid.

The restored small church was not enough for the needs of St. Clement. Therefore he built a new, larger church in a shape of an uneven rectangle.

The tomb of St. Clement is located on the southern side of the church. The Archbishop of Ohrid, Theopilact in his extensive work "The Life of St. Clement" wrote that it was built by Clement himself. The tomb has been preserved. St. Clement, the miracle worker of Ohrid, was buried there in 916.

According to Theophilact, during Clement's life two churches were used as archiepiscopal cathedrals.

In XV century the Turks converted the church of St. Pantheleimon into a mosque. Later, the Turks allowed the ruined churches and monasteries to be restored. Thus, during the period of the Ohrid Archbishop Prohor in the first half of XVI century, the monastery of St. Clement was restored. However the restored church of St. Clement was ruined again, presumably towards the end of XVI or the beginning of XVII century. The assumption is that the reason for that was the extremely unfavourable situation the Ohrid church was in. On the foundations of the church the Turks erected the mosque "Sultan Mohamed" (Imaret), whose remnants exist even today. Archaeological excavations were carried out in 1943 and 1965.
 

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Kokino Ancient Observatory ranked 4th on NASA's list :

 

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Samuil Fortress overlooking Ohrid town :

 

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Millennium Cross overlooking Skopje :

 

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There used to be a sticky thread made by Naum with pictures from Macedonia but i dont know what happen to it.
 

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Flooded church on Lake Mavrovo :

 
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