The Monastery of St. Naum rightfully carries the name a miraculous place. It is situated in the immediate vicinity of the source of River Crni Drim, which flows through Lake Ohrid, draining from it at and running through the city of Struga.
This monastery complex is part of the National Park Galicica and belongs to one of the strictly protected areas. Crystal clear, transparent spring water reflects both the surrounding greenery and the mountain peaks in the background. Built on the top of a rocky hill, the Monastery of St. Naum is one of the most beautiful pilgrimage monasteries in Macedonia. Late in the 9 century St. Naum himself chose this noble wilderness for his incredible mission of bringing light to the local population in the dark Middle Ages. He was believed to be a physician and a miracle man, which is depicted on the frescoes that are found close to his remains. The church itself is dedicated to the angels Michael and Gabriel and it contains unique baroque icons from late 18 century. Full day boat excursion (maximum 150 people)
The cruise will start once we board the boat, after which we sail along the southern horeline for about 2 hours. During the cruise you can enjoy in the view of Ohrid, the summer residence of the president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980), the Bay of Bones (a museum on water and archaeological site). Sailing on, we pass by the unique church of St. Mother of God of Zahum (Bogorodica Zahumska) – 13 century. During the journey, we are going to stop for half an hour at the Bay of Bones to visit this extraordinary underwater archaeological attraction, which was open for the public not too long ago. A new exposition has been set up there featuring a reconstruction of the prehistoric pile dwelling – 12 to 7 century B.C. This complex also includes the remains of a Roman military checkpoint dating back to the 2 century B.C.Arrival at the Monastery of St. Naum. Our path (both from the parking lot and the dock) will take us to a wooden monument portraying St. Naum, placed among a colorful flock of peafowl, towards the main entrance gate of the Monastery, on top of a rock. Inside the Monastery (split into smaller groups) we are going to visit the magnificent church of the terrestrial angels Michael and Gabriel (9 century). In addition to the legends of his mysterious gift, your guide will also show you how true believers can still hear the heartbeat of St. Naum at his tomb. The Macedonian-Albanian border is 400 m away, while a town on the Albanian side, called Pogradec, can easily be seen from the monastery complex. Traditional lunch will be served on the terrace at a wonderful site called Ostrovo – an archaic word meaning island. This is the place where one can learn more about the famous Ohrid Pearl, where a member of a family who have been keeping secretively, even distrustfully, the secret of production of this pearl for more than 100 years, will elaborate on its excellent quality and special method of production. Our program also offers free time and anopportunity for you to go to the beach, shop at the stands with souvenirs and pearls, drink from the well-known healing spring of St. Petka, buy something, or just enjoy a journey to the springs on a dinghy with an expertguide. In case of inconvenient weather conditions, the captain of the boat reserves the right to make alterations to the program and if in his/her judgment the boat cruise is not possible for safety reasons, then the journey will take place by bus. After the program is finished we return to the hotel.
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