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March 2007

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Gate of the Sveti Jovan Kaneo church in Ohrid, Macedonia The Church of St. Jovan (the Evangelist) Theologian, at Kaneo is for sure one of the most beautiful spots in Ohrid.

Itís located on a cliff overlooking the lake.
Thereís a walking path through the forest to reach it.
Sveti Jovan Kaneo church by lake Ohrid, Macedonia The church was built in the 13th century and was built in Kaneo, an old fishing settlement that now is part of Ohrid.

For a couple of centuries the church was abandoned, so most of the old frescoes are now lost.
Sveti Jovan Kaneo church by lake Ohrid, Macedonia Besides bible scenes, frescoes represent St Clement of Ohrid and St Erasmus of Ohrid.
The latter contributed to convert the region to Christianism as early as the 3rd Century.

The church has been restored to its original form.
Metal Traveller at the Sveti Jovan Kaneo church in Ohrid, Macedonia  
Свети Пантелејмон - Saint Panteleimon church in Ohrid, Macedonia Saint Panteleimon (Свети Пантелејмон) Monastery is the holiest site in Macedonia.
It is believed that this is the site where the Cyrillic alphabet was first taught.
Saint Panteleimon church in Ohrid, Macedonia  
Saint Panteleimon church in Ohrid, Macedonia  
Saint Sophia church in Ohrid, Macedonia The Church of St Sophia is one of the most important mediaeval monuments in Ohrid.
Itís built on the foundations of an Early Christian Basilica.

It was the cathedral church during the time of the Archbishopric of Ohrid.
The church used to be shaped like a letter L. It had a greater dome and side galleries.
Saint Sophia church in Ohrid, Macedonia
The Ottomans turned it into a mosque and whitewashed the frescoes.

Later the building was used as a storehouse and in 1912 it became a church again.

Huge restoration works were undertaken after the Second World War.
In 1949, the first whitewashed frescoes were uncovered.

The interior has preserved little of its original splendour as a cathedral but it’s a great documentation resource.
The collection of frescoes and paintings dates from the 11th Century.

Indeed, it contains the largest collection of 11th Century frescoes in Europe, along with St Sophia cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine.
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