MACEDONIA’S MOST PRECIOUS JEWELS
Macedonia, deep in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, is simply a small country with extraordinary beauty. This ancient and biblical land is probably one of the last visited and least known countries in Europe. That in a way makes it even more mysterious and attractive. Finally, this beautiful land is now ready to be discovered. And without any doubt, Macedonia’s most precious jewels, shining one next to the other, are the City of Ohrid and the Lake Ohrid.
The town of Ohrid, descendent of ancient Lichnidos has been in existence for more than 2500 years. Since the ancient times, here in the area of the town of Ohrid civilization, achievements have been changing with its ups and downs. The town of Ohrid, has survived all this and has been preserved with this name until today. The legend says that the founder of the ancient town in this area was the Phoenician Cadmo, who founded the dynasty together with the ancient Enchelians.
If the existence of Lichnidos had become settled in the myth, then undoubtedly one can say that during the whole ancient period, this town had been a strong source of this civilization. The testimony of that time is:
The Classical Theatre, which is considered to be built in the 4 th century B.C. and after more than two millenniums has been uncovered, reconstructed and used;
The Fortress which was named after Samuel – the very first Macedonian – Slave emperor from the 10th century proves that the town of Ohrid even in the ancient time was a fortified one.
Some Roman historians wrote about this as well. The Prince’s tombs from the 7th to the 3rd century B.C. from the Trebenishte region where the burial masks were discovered.