Rafael left in the morning for Tirana, Albania. He is a artist and photographer, and before we parted ways, he gave me one of his metal engravings. Words failed me as I conveyed my thanks and appreciation for this gift. Since there is no way I could fit it in my backpack, I packed it between pieces of cardboard scrounged from a cardboard box and mailed it back to America.
My bus to Montenegro was not until 2230, so I had one more whole day to explore Ohrid.
There are some pretty gardens in the main square by the lake.
Here is a picture of the town abutting the lake.
I finally got some photos of the elusive lizards I have seen in Greece and Macedonia.
This is the monastery of St. Panteleimon. St. Clement of Ohrid reputedly had it built over an older church, and he dedicated it to St. Panteleimon. It was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman period, and it has been reconstructed several times since, most recently in 2000. The first photo is from around noon, the second is from later in the evening.
Next to the monastery is the ruins of a fourth century basilica, which came to the surface during an earthquake in the middle of the twentieth century. The floor mosaics are remarkably well preseved, and contain geometric, animal, and floral imagery.
There are two baptistries, one adult-sized and one infant-sized. Note the octagonal shape of the adult baptismal font.
The ruins of an ancient Greek temple were also unearthed near the site.
I was told I had to visit the church of Mary Perivlepta to see the well-preserved frescoes. Here is the exterior of the church. The roof is currently being reconstructed.
And here are some of the frescoes.
Nearby is the old gates of the city. Here is a closeup of the iron scales reinforcing one of the gates.
Walking back down to the lake, I passed the ancient theater.
Here is the castle looming over the entire city.
Here are some narrow streets in the old city.
I was entertained by this tangle of wires.
This is the main shopping street of the city. The paving stones have been polished from all the foot traffic.
I visited the church of St. John at Kaneo at sunset. It is dramatically situated on a cliff overlooking Lake Ohrid.
Finally, I watched the sunset over the water.
And got these photos of this statue in the twilight. (I am still trying to figure out who the statue represents.)