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    St. John Church of Macedonia - Great Attractions (Ohrid, Macedonia)

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Take a tour of St. John Church of Macedonia in Ohrid, Macedonia – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

    An ancient Macedonian Orthodox sanctuary sits on Kaneo Beach overlooking Lake Ohrid.

    St. John Church of Macedonia, named after the Gospel of John, is an incredible example of Byzantine and Armenian architecture in Ohrid, Macedonia.

    This holy site sits on a rectangular base and presents itself in cruciform shape, with an octagonal dome, and three-sided apse.

    The precise origins of the church are unknown, but estimates conclude that it was constructed before the foundation of the Ottoman Empire.

    Ornate frescoes were found in the main dome during restoration work conducted in 1964.

    Though the church ceased to be an active place of worship after the Turks invaded the Balkans, it is now a pilgrimage site.