This pencil drawing is a sketch made in 1923 for a tourist map of the city of Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Ohrid was at that time part of the newly established Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes; until 1912 it was under Ottoman rule. Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the city is the site of one of the oldest human settlements in Europe, dating back to the Neolithic period. Known as Lychnidos at the time of the ancient Greeks, it developed into an important center of medieval Slavic culture in the period from the sixth century to the ninth century. Saint Clement of Ohrid, a student of Saints Cyril and Methodius and an important figure in the development of Slavic literature and culture, worked in Ohrid from 886 to 916. Lake Ohrid was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979; in 1980 the listing was expanded to include the city, which is home to numerous archeological sites and ancient monasteries and churches.
Place: Europe; Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Ohrid
Institution: National and University Library “St Kliment Ohridski” – Skopje
Physical description: Pencil drawing ; 67 x 42 centimeters