Tuesday 29 June 2010

Two from Macedonia

I have had some incredible cards from unusual places so I consider myself doubly fortunate to have two from Macedonia.  If your geography is as poor as mine is, you may like to know that it is a country in south east Europe formed when Yugoslavia broke up.  Its capital is Skopje.

The first card shows the Monastery of St Naum on the Lake Ohrid, very close to the border with Albania and did in fact lie within Albania from 1912 to 1925.  The monastery was established in 912 and is a very popular with tourists because of its wonderful situation overlooking the lake.  It contains some impressive frescoes.

It was my first card from Macedonia and sent to me by Ana of My World of Postcards.

Ohrid and the lake are together a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The city is one of the oldest settlements in Europe and has or had 365 churches, one for every day of the year.

The second card arrived much more recently through Postcrossing and shows the interior of a church belonging to another monastery, this time in Skopje, the Markov Monastery.  These frescoes date from the end of the 14th century and many are highly unique.  They are something I would dearly love to see for myself.
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  1. Meacedonia is full of rich history, and if fact, I know there's several digs going on there right now in some of the churches. When I hear the name "Macedonia" I'm always reminded of Alexander the Great.

  2. How pretty on the water. It, somehow, doesn't seem on the beaten path for tourism.

  3. Glad you like the postcards from Macedonia.
    Greets from Vratnica, northwestern MK!


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