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Ohrid

Coordinates: 41°07?01?N 20°48?06?E / 41.11694°N 20.80167°E / 41.11694; 20.80167

Ohrid
Ohrid and Lake Ohrid
Ohrid and Lake Ohrid
Nickname(s):
Balkan Jerusalem[1]
Macedonian Jerusalem[2]
European Jerusalem[3]
Ohrid is located in Republic of Macedonia
Ohrid
Ohrid
Location in Macedonia
Coordinates: 41°07?01?N 20°48?06?E / 41.11694°N 20.80167°E / 41.11694; 20.80167
Official name Historic Centre of Ohrid
Type Cultural
UNESCO Region Europe and North America
Country  Macedonia
Municipality Ohrid Municipality
Government
 o Mayor Jovan Stojanoski (SDSM)
Area
 o Total 383.93 km2 (148.24 sq mi)
Elevation 695 m (2,280 ft)
Population (2002)
 o Total 42,033
 o Density 142.97/km2 (370.3/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Postal codes 6000
Area code(s) 389 46
Climate Cfb
Patron saints Saint Clement and Saint Naum

Ohrid (, Macedonian: ['?xrid]) is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country, with over 42,000 inhabitants as of 2002. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem (of the Balkans)".[2][4] The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of Skopje, west of Resen and Bitola. In 1979 and in 1980 respectively, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are Cultural as well as Natural sites.[5]

Name

Ohrid by night. The ancient name of the city was Lychnidos, which probably means "city of light"

In antiquity the city was known under the ancient Greek: (Lychnis) and Latin: Lychnidus,[6] probably meaning "city of light", from Greek (lychnis, gen. lychnidos), "a precious stone that emits light",[7] from (lychnos), "lamp, portable light".[8] By 879 AD, the town was no longer called Lychnidos but was referred to by the assimilated native people as Ohrid, possibly from the Slavic words vo hrid, meaning "on the hill", as the ancient town of Lychnidos was at the top of the hill.[9][10] In Macedonian and the other South Slavic languages, the name of the city is Ohrid (). In Albanian, the city is known as Ohër or Ohri and in modern Greek Ochrida (, ) and Achrida ().

History

Ancient

Distribution of cities in antiquity in the border of southern Illyria with Greeks and Thracians

The earliest inhabitants of the widest Lake Ohrid region were the Enchele, an Illyrian tribe[11] and the Dassaretae, an ancient Greek tribe based further East in the region of Lynkestis.[12][13] According to recent excavations this was a town way back at the time of king Phillip II of Macedon.[14] They conclude that Samuil's Fortress was built on the place of an earlier fortification, dated to 4th century BC.[14] During the Roman conquests, towards the end of 3rd and the beginning of 2nd century BC, the Dassaretae and the region Dassaretia were mentioned, as well as the ancient Greek city of Lychnidos (Greek?).[15] The existence of the ancient Greek city of Lychnidos is linked to the Greek myth of the Phoenician prince Cadmus who, banished from Thebes, in Boeotia, fled to the Enchele [16] and founded the town of Lychnidos on the shores of the modern Lake Ohrid.[17] The Lake of Ohrid, the ancient Greek Lacus Lychnitis (Greek?), whose blue and exceedingly transparent waters in antiquity gave to the lake its Greek name; it was still called so occasionally in the Middle Ages. It was located along the Via Egnatia, which connected the Adriatic port Dyrrachion (present-day Durrës) with Byzantium. Archaeological excavations (e.g., the Polyconch Basilica from 5th century) prove early adoption of Christianity in the area. Bishops from Lychnidos participated in multiple ecumenical councils.

Medieval

Floor mosaic in the Polyconch Basilica
The Annunciation from Ohrid, one of the most admired icons of the Paleologan Mannerism from the Church of St. Climent.

The South Slavs began to arrive in the area during the 6th century AD. By the early 7th century it was colonized by a Slavic tribe known as the Berziti. Bulgaria conquered the city ca 840.[18] The name Ohrid first appeared in 879. The Ohrid Literary School established in 886 by Clement of Ohrid became one of the two major cultural centres of the First Bulgarian Empire. Between 990 and 1015, Ohrid was the capital and stronghold of the Bulgarian Empire.[19] From 990 to 1018 Ohrid was also the seat of the Bulgarian Patriarchate.[20] After the Byzantine reconquest of the city in 1018 by Basil II, the Bulgarian Patriarchate was downgraded to an Archbishopric of Ohrid, and placed under the authority of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

The higher clergy after 1018 was almost invariably Greek, including during the period of Ottoman domination, until the abolition of the archbishopric in 1767. At the beginning of the 16th century the archbishopric reached its peak subordinating the Sofia, Vidin, Vlach and Moldavian eparchies, part of the former medieval Serbian Patriarchate of Pe?, (including Patriarchal Monastery of Pe? itself), and even the Orthodox districts of Italy (Apulia, Calabria and Sicily), Venice and Dalmatia.

As an episcopal city, Ohrid was a cultural center of great importance for the Balkans. Almost all surviving churches were built by the Byzantines and by the Bulgarians, the rest of them date back to the short time of Serbian rule during the late Middle Ages.[21]

Bohemond leading a Norman army took the city in 1083. Byzantines regained it in 1085. In the 13th and 14th century the city changed hands between the Despotate of Epirus, the Bulgarian, the Byzantine and the Serbian Empire and local Albanian rulers. In the middle of the 13th century Ohrid was one of the cities ruled by Pal Gropa, a member of the Albanian noble Gropa family.[22] In 1334 the city was captured by Stefan Uro? IV Du?an and incorporated in the Serbian Empire.[23] After Dusan's death the city came under the control of Andrea Gropa, while after his death Prince Marko incorporated it in the Kingdom of Prilep.[24] In the early 1370s Marko lost Ohrid to Pal II Gropa, another member of the Gropa family and unsuccessfully tried to recapture it in 1375 with Ottoman assistance.[25] In 1395 the Ottomans under Bayezid I captured the city which became the seat of the newly established Sanjak of Ohrid. In September 14-5, 1464 12,000 troops of the League of Lezhë and 1,000 of the Republic of Venice defeated a 14,000-man Ottoman force near the city. When Mehmed II returned from Albania after his actions against Skanderbeg in 1466 he dethroned Dorotheos, the Archbishop of Ohrid, and expatriated him together with his clerks and boyars and considerable number of citizens of Ohrid to Istanbul, probably because of their anti-Ottoman activities during Skanderbeg's rebellion when many citizens of Ohrid, including Dorotheos and his clergy, supported Skanderbeg and his fight.[26][27][28]

Modern

The Christian population declined during the first centuries of Ottoman rule. In 1664 there were only 142 Christian houses. The situation changed in the 18th century when Ohrid emerged as an important trade center on a major trade route. At the end of this century it had around five thousand inhabitants. Towards the end of the 18th century and in the early part of the 19th century, Ohrid region, like other parts of European Turkey, was a hotbed of unrest. In the 19th century the region of Ohrid became part of the Pashalik of Scutari, ruled by the Bushati family.[29] After the Christian population of the bishopric of Ohrid voted on a plebiscite in 1874 overwhelmingly in favour of joining the Bulgarian Exarchate (97%), the Exarchate became in control of the area.[30] By the end of 19th century Ohrid had 2409 houses with 11900 inhabitants out of which 45% were Muslims while the rest was mainly Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian. In statistics gathered by Vasil Kanchov in 1900, the city of Ohrid was inhabited by 8000 Bulgarians, 5000 Turks, 500 Muslim Albanians, 300 Christian Albanians, 460 Vlachs and 600 Romani.[31] Before 1912, Ohrid was a township center bounded to Monastir sanjak in Manastir Vilayet (present-day Bitola). The city remained under the Ottomans until 29 November 1912, when the Serbian army took control of the city, which was made as the capital of Ohrid district (okrug). In September 1913 local Albanian and pro-Bulgarian Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization leaders rebelled against the Kingdom of Serbia. It was occupied by Kingdom of Bulgaria between 1915 and 1918 during World War I.

During Kingdom of Yugoslavia Ohrid continued to be as an independent district ( ) (1918-1922), then it became a part of Bitola Oblast (1920-1929), and then from 1929 to 1941, Ohrid was part of the Vardar Banovina. It was occupied again by Bulgaria between 1941 and 1944 during World War II. Since the days of SFR Yugoslavia Ohrid has been the municipal seat of Municipality of Ohrid (? ). Since 1991 the town is part of the Republic of Macedonia.

Geography and climate

Ohrid is located in the south-western part of Macedonia, on the banks of Lake Ohrid, at an elevation of 695 meters above sea level.

Ohrid has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen: Cfa), as the mean temperature of the warmest month is just above 22 °C (71.6 °F). The coldest month is January with the average temperature 2.5 °C (36.5 °F) or in a range between 6.2 °C (43.2 °F) and -1.5 °C (29.3 °F). The warmest month is August with average range of 27.7 °C (82 °F)-14.2 °C (57.6 °F). The rainiest month is November, which sees on average 90.5 mm (3.6 in) of rain. The summer months of June, July and August receive the least amount of rain, around 30 mm (1.2 in). The absolute minimum temperature is -17.8 °C (0.0 °F) and the maximum 38.5 °C (101.3 °F).

Climate data for Ohrid
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.2
(43.2)
7.6
(45.7)
11.0
(51.8)
15.1
(59.2)
20.4
(68.7)
24.8
(76.6)
27.6
(81.7)
27.7
(81.9)
23.6
(74.5)
17.7
(63.9)
11.6
(52.9)
7.2
(45)
16.7
(62.1)
Average low °C (°F) -1.5
(29.3)
-0.9
(30.4)
1.2
(34.2)
4.6
(40.3)
8.7
(47.7)
12.0
(53.6)
14.0
(57.2)
14.2
(57.6)
11.2
(52.2)
7.2
(45)
3.1
(37.6)
0.0
(32)
6.2
(43.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 53.7
(2.114)
60.2
(2.37)
55.9
(2.201)
55.9
(2.201)
56.7
(2.232)
33.5
(1.319)
30
(1.18)
30.6
(1.205)
47.9
(1.886)
76.1
(2.996)
90.5
(3.563)
71.3
(2.807)
662.3
(26.074)
Average precipitation days 11 12 11 13 12 8 6 6 7 10 12 13 121
Source: World Meteorological Organisation (UN)[32]

Demographics

Ohrid

As of the 2002 census, the city of Ohrid has 42,033 inhabitants and the ethnic composition was the following:[33]

  • Macedonians, 33,791 (80.4%)
  • Albanians, 2,959 (7.0%)
  • Turks, 2,256 (5.4%)
  • others, 3,027 (7.2%)

The mother tongues of the city's residents include the following:

  • Macedonian, 34,910 (83.1%)
  • Albanian, 3,957 (9.4%)
  • Turkish, 2,226 (5.3%)
  • others, 1,017 (2.4%)

The religious composition of the city was the following:

  • Orthodox Christians, 33,987 (80.9%)
  • Muslims, 7,599 (18.1%)
  • others, 447 (1.1%)

The oldest inhabitants of Ohrid are a few families that reside in the Varo? neighbourhood.[34] Other Macedonians have settled in Ohrid and originate from the villages of the Kosel, Struga, Drimkol, Debarca, Malesija and Ki?evo regions and other areas from southern Macedonia.[34] In 1949, additional families from Aegean Macedonia settled in Ohrid.[34]

The presence of the Turkish community dates from their settlement in Ohrid during 1451-81.[34] All Turks from the village of Pe?tani after selling properties and land moved to Ohrid by 1920 and today those few families are known as Pe?tanl?.[35]

Albanians in Ohrid originate from Albanian villages located on the western and southern areas of Lake Ohrid.[34] There is a sizeable amount of Turkified Albanians in Ohrid who originate from the cities of Elbasan, Durrës and Ulcinj.[34] Orthodox Albanians are also present and settled in Ohrid during the second half of the 19th century and originate from Pogradec, Lin, Çërravë and Peshkëpi.[34]

The local Romani population in Ohrid originates from Podgradec and speaks the southern Tosk Albanian dialect.[34] In the latter decades of the 20th century, some Albanian speaking Muslim Romani from the villages of Krani and Nakolec have migrated to Ohrid.[36] In Yugoslav censuses, Albanophone Ohrid Romani mainly declared as Albanians.[37] As tensions between Albanians and the state increased over numbers regarding community size and sociopolitical rights, Romani identity became politicized and contested from the 1990s onward.[37] Ohrid Albanophone Romani refused identification as Albanians seeing it as a result of Albanisation (or to be called Gypsies) and with encouragement from Macedonian circles now refers to itself as Egyptians whose ancestors migrated from Egypt many centuries ago.[37] The Albanian language is not considered by Ohrid Albanophone Romani as a mother tongue and only a home language.[37] Turkish speaking Romani reside in Ohrid that during the Yugoslav period self declared themselves mainly as Turks,[34] while within independent Macedonia they identify as Egyptians.[37]

The earliest presence of the Aromanian population in Ohrid dates to 1778 arriving from Voskopojë, others from Kavajë (late 18th century), from the Myzeqe region, Elbasan, Llëngë and Mokër region (mid. 19th century) and also from Gorna Belica and Malovi?ta (late 19th century).[34] A large part of Ohrid's Aromanian population has emigrated to Trieste, Odessa and Bucharest.[34]

Main sights

The church of St. Clement and St. Panteleimon in Ohrid
Holy Virgin Mary Bolni?ka church.
Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Vista de Ohrid, Macedonia, 2014-04-17, DD 46.JPG
Ohrid and Lake Ohrid
Criteria Cultural: i, iii, iv; Natural: vii
Reference 99
Inscription 1979 (3rd Session)
Extensions 1980
Area 83,350 ha

There is a legend supported by observations by the 17th century Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi that there were 365 chapels within the town boundaries, one for every day of the year. Today this number is significantly smaller.

Besides being a holy center of the region, it is also the source of knowledge and pan-Slavic literacy. The restored Monastery at Plao?nik was actually one of the oldest Universities in the western world, dating before the 10th century.

Ohrid is also home to Vila Biljana, which serves as an official residence of the Prime Minister of Macedonia.

Transportation

There is a nearby international airport, Ohrid Airport (now known as "St. Paul the Apostle Airport") that is open all year round.

Sports

GFK Ohrid Lihnidos are a football team playing at the SRC Biljanini Izvori stadium in the city. As of the 2016-17 season they play in the third tier of the Macedonian Football League system.

RK Ohrid are a handball team playing at SRC Biljanini Izvori arena, with a capacity of 2,500. As of the 2016-17 season they play in the Macedonian Handball Super League, which is the top tier.

The Ohrid Swimming Marathon is an international open water swimming competition, always taking place in the waters of Lake Ohrid. The swimmers are supposed to swim 30 km (19 mi) from the monastery of Saint Naum to the Ohrid harbor.

Recurring events

  • Ohrid Summer Festival, annual theater and music festival from July to August
  • Ohrid Choir Festival, annual international choir festival at the end of August
  • The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances, annual folklore music and dance festival at the beginning of July
  • Balkan music square festival, music festival in August in which ethnic musicians from the whole Balkan peninsular participate
  • Ohrid Fest ( ), music festival in August in which musicians from the whole Balkan peninsular participate. This festival is held for four days which are divided into
    • Debutant Night,
    • Folk Night,
    • Pop Night and
    • International Night.
  • World Prized of Humanism in the Ohrid Academy of Humanism, created by Jordan Plevnes

International relations

Twin towns -- Sister cities

Ohrid is twinned with:

Gallery

See also

Notes

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  3. ^ Dnevnik newspaper - Interview with the ambassador of Israel to Macedonia Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (in Macedonian)
  4. ^ Between past and future: civil-military relations in post-communist Balkan states, Biljana Vankovska, Håkan Wiberg, I.B.Tauris, 2003, ISBN 1-86064-624-7, p. 71.
  5. ^ Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region
  6. ^ Lychn?dus, Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898), on Perseus
  7. ^ , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  8. ^ , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  9. ^ Evans, Thammy, Macedonia, Bradt Travel Guides, 2012, p.173
  10. ^ "Ohrid Vacation, Travel, Tourism, Visit Ohrid - Official Web Site of the Municipality of Ohrid". www.ohrid.com.mk. 
  11. ^ Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt: Geschichte und Kultur Roms im Spiegel der neueren Forschung, Hildegard Temporini, Wolfgang Haase, Walter de Gruyter, 1983, ISBN 3-11-009525-4, p. 537
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  16. ^ Wilkes, J. J. The Illyrians, 1992,ISBN 978-0-631-19807-9,page 98,"the Illyrian Enchele, the 'eel-men', whose name points to a location near Lake Ohrid"
  17. ^ Wilkes, J. J. The Illyrians, 1992,ISBN 978-0-631-19807-9,Page 99:"... 99 victory would be theirs if they received Cadmus as king. After this had come about as foretold, Cadmus and Harmonia ruled over them and founded the towns of Bouthoe (Budva) and Lychnidus (Ohrid). ..."
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  26. ^ Shukarova, Aneta; Mitko B. Panov; Dragi Georgiev; Krste Bitovski; Academician Ivan Katard?iev; Vanche Stojchev; Novica Veljanovski; Todor Chepreganov (2008), Todor Chepreganov, ed., History of the Macedonian People, Skopje: Institute of National History, p. 133, ISBN 9989-159-24-6, OCLC 276645834, retrieved 2011, deportation of the Archbishop of Ohrid, Dorotei, to Istanbul in 1466, to-gether with other clerks and bolyars who probably were expatriated be-cause of their anti Ottoman acts during the Skender-Bey's rebellion. 
  27. ^ Srpsko arheolo?ko dru?tvo (1951), Starinar (in Serbian), Belgrade: Arheolo?ki institut, p. 181, OCLC 1586392, ? 1466 . ? , , ? , ? ? ? ? . , ? ? ? . ? ? ? ? ?. 
  28. ^ Institut za balkanistika (1984). Balkan studies. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. p. 71. Retrieved 2012. Mehmed II moved considerable number of prominent Ohrid families. The cause for that was the worsening of the relations between Ottoman authorities and Ohrid archbishopic... were in favor of helping the struggle of Albanian people 
  29. ^ Iseni, Bashkim (2008). La Question Nationale En Europe Du Sud-Est: Genese, Emergence Et Developpement de L'Identite Nationale Albanaise Au Kosovo Et En Macedoine. Peter Lang. p. 120. ISBN 978-3-03911-320-0. Retrieved 2010. 
  30. ^ ? ? , , , ? , , 2003 ?.
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  32. ^ "World Weather Information Service - Ohrid, Macedonia". United Nations. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  33. ^ Macedonian census, language and religion
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  35. ^ Wroc?awski, Krzysztof (1979). ? ? ? . ?. p. 74.  "? ? ? ? . , , ? . 1920 . ? ? ,," . ? , ? ? ."
  36. ^ Sugarman, Jane (1997). Engendering song: Singing and subjectivity at Prespa Albanian weddings. University of Chicago Press. pp. 9-10. ISBN 9780226779720. 
  37. ^ a b c d e Duijzings, Ger (1997). "The Making of Egyptians in Kosovo and Macedonia". In Govers, Cora; Vermeulen, Hans. The politics of ethnic consciousness. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 195, 200-203, 218. ISBN 9781349646739. 
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