We walked around the walls of the fortress and couldn't believe we were up on the parapets virtually by ourselves.
This looked like a solid mass of rocks until we got right up to it and realized there were actually toeholds to make the climb easier.
I am sure neither you nor I will soon forget what Macedonia's flag looks like after these photos of it!
A view from the fortress of our next destination:
We descended from the fortress through a trail in the forest toward the ruins of a 4th century church.
In the 4th and 5th centuries, Lychnidos was the Episcopal centre of the Macedonian-Roman province New Epirus. New early Christian basilicas were built on the ruins of the old pagan temples. The central figure connected to Plaosnik is St. Clement, who rebuilt the old church at the end of the 9th century. He led the Ohrid Literary School and most consider that he founded the first Slavic University in Europe.
The ancient ruins were in the courtyard of St. Clement’s Monastery of St. Pantelejmon that we had seen from the ramparts.
We could have taken a water taxi here back to the harbor but we elected to just continue our stroll and get there in our own good time as we were in no rush.
There were love locks on the small bridge plus all the astrological signs. I found mine, Gemini.
Church of St. Sofia aka Church of the Holy Wisdom: The 11th century church is the Cathedral of Ohrid archbishops. The small square in front of it was the main forum in ancient times.
This is the fourth basilica built on this same spot, the oldest one being a Roman basilica. The present church was built in 1035 by Archbishop Lav with additions in 1317. The side porch was added when the church was turned into a mosque by the Turks.
A model of the church:
Inside was the biggest composition of 11th century frescoes preserved in the world. The main altar had scenes from the Old Testament and an emotional procession of angels bowing to the Virgin Mary.
When the church was converted into a mosque probably in the 16th century, both the interior and exterior were radically changed with the frescoes in the central part sadly being whitewashed over.
The church is often used for concerts because of its superb acoustics. Too bad we weren't able to gain a deeper appreciation of the church with a guide again pointing out what to look for in the frescoes.
Once back in the center of town, we walked back up the pedestrian street we had been on the day before. Since Ohrid was a big religious and cultural center, it never was an important trade center, which was evident by the size of its bazaar. It was a simple bazaar consisting of just one street.