"Impressive Structure And Great Views." samuil fortress Tip by johngayton
samuil fortress, Ohrid: 29 reviews and 81 photos
Literally towering over the city is the impressive fortress of Tsar Samuel (Samuil) on top of the hill. This was constructed in the late 10th/early 11th centuries by the eponymous ruler at a time when Ohrid was briefly the capital of what is commonly known as the First Bulgarian Empire (a subject of much controversy in Macedonia).
Controversies aside the fortress was constructed as a defence for the city against the Byzantines who gained the ascendancy in the struggle for dominance of the Balkans during the latter part of Samuel's tsardom and took Ohrid in 1018, four years after his death.
The present day fortress was substantially reconstructed in the early 2000's and especially impressive is the scale of the construction with about 3 km in total of walls which reach up to 16 m in height and several meters in width. Within the walls there's not much happening (although there may be plans for a historical museum) but the views from the ramparts over the town and lake are unrivalled.
Directions: on top of the highest hill overlooking the city - just keep going up!
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