Ohrid is a large town in southwestern Macedonia and is the capital of Ohrid Municipality; it is the eighth-largest city in the country with over 42,000 inhabitants. Ohrid is a town of vast history and heritage and is one of the most remarkably well-preserved historic sites in Europe; it was made a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage site recognized for its Cultural and Natural World Heritage sites in 1980. Ohrid is the leading tourist town in Macedonia; it has 365 churches and offers beautiful images of nature and eons of history and culture.
Nicknamed the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’, Ohrid is one of the oldest settlements in Europe, and was once considered to be the epicenter of religion and Slavic culture. Its history is evident in every building that lines the city’s old town. However, it is Lake Ohrid that makes the city a unique historical artifact. At three million years old, it stands as one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes, and gives Ohrid the prestige of being named as both a cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage site.