"The Old City Walls" old town & architecture Tip by johngayton

old town & architecture, Ohrid: 26 reviews and 55 photos

  City Walls At Upper Gate
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  • City Walls At Upper Gate - Ohrid
      City Walls At Upper Gate
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  • The Upper Gate - Ohrid
      The Upper Gate
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  • Walls At Lower Gate - Ohrid
      Walls At Lower Gate
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  • A Side Gate - Ohrid
      A Side Gate
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  • Water Gate (??) - Ohrid
      Water Gate (??)
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Ohrid's real importance as a city began with Tsar Samuil's decision to make it the capital of what has become known as The First Bulgarian Empire in the late 10th century. During this period the fortress was constructed as were the defensive walls around the city as fortification against the Byzantines with whom Samuil was in conflict.

Ohrid's importance continued after the Byzantine overthrow of the Bulgarian's and the city, within its walls, became a relatively prosperous centre of trade and culture.

The modern-day remnants of the walls, which have been variously restored, can be seen around the two main gates - the upper gate, next to Tsar Samuil's fortress, and the lower gate which is just off the main square down towards the lakefront.

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  • Written Oct 6, 2011
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