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|Ohrid Lake Trip||June 27, 2018|
* Ohrid Lake in city of Ohrid which is Macedonia’s spiritual, cultural and touristic center is just one of the country’s extraordinary history and amazing natural beauties. You can not get enough of watching the traces left in the greenish clear waters of the lake by the mountains surrounding the lake.Located in the heart of the Balkans, between Macedonia and Albania, Lake Ohrid is Europe’s oldest lake. About two-thirds of the lake area belongs to Macedonia and one third to Albania.Ohrid, also one of the oldest lake in the world, formed 4 million years ago on limestone rocks after tectonic movements. What makes Lake Ohrid so special is that its crystal waters are completely renewed every 10 years by feeding with water from both underground and mountains. Ohrid Lake has similar natural features to lake Baikal and Lake Tanganyika and is the deepest lake in the entire Balkan Peninsula with a maximum depth of 289 meters.
More than 200 unique and endemic species live in the lake.Reeds and wetlands on the lake shore provides a critical habitat for many waterfowl species including rare and threatened species such as hundreds of crested pelicans, ferruginous duck, swans, spotted eagles and emperor eagles Lake Ohrid took its place in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Ohrid which is undoubtedly the most beautiful city of Macedonia attracts thousands of tourists each year with its well-preserved old city district, its fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages, churches, monasteries and old mosques.
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|Greece / Thessaloniki||June 25, 2018|
|Macedonia / Bitola||June 25, 2018|
* Atatürk and Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is the second large city of Greece. It is the capital of the part of Macedonia region located in Greece.
The city of Thessaloniki lived its golden ages as second important city of Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Approximately 300 thousand people live in the city center of Thessaloniki.This population reaches 800 thousand with the addition of the villages and settlement units connected to Thessaloniki.The population of Metropolitan Thessaloniki is 1 million 100 thousand. Thessaloniki is also the second largest economic, industrial and commercial center of Greece. Thanks to the festivals, vibrant lifestyle and artistic events, Thessaloniki is defined as the cultural capital of Greece.
Thessaloniki international trade fair and Thessaloniki International film festival are only two of these events.Thessaloniki, where Mustafa Kemal was born and began his education life, was the most developed city of the Ottoman State in Rumelia. The house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was born in 1881 functions as a museum today.The house is located on the same street which former name is Islahhane Street today is called Apostolou Pavlou Street, with Turkish embassy in Thessaloniki.
* Atatürk and Monastir (Bitola)
Bitola, located on the southwest side of the Republic of Macedonia and also known by other names such as Monastery or Monastir is the center of governance, culture, industry, trade and education. Bitola is surrounded by Baba and Nidže mountains in the southern part of the Pelagian Valley and located 14 km north of Medžitlija-Níki border gate between Macedonia and Greece. Bitola is an important connecting point connecting the south of the Adriatic Sea to the Aegean Sea and Central Europe.The city was named as Manastır in the Ottoman period and became one of the most important centers of the Union and Progress association.Bitola was added to Turkish territory by Timurtaş Bey during the 1st Murad period in 1382, and was taken from Ottoman Empire in 1912 Balkan War.
Monastery Military School (1896-1898) where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk also received military training is in this city. There is a section dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the second floor of the school which is today used as a museum.Since the consulates of many European countries have been in Bitola, it has been known as the "consulate city" since the Ottoman period.According to the 2002 census, it is the second largest city in the country.Bitola, the administrative center of Bitola Municipality, is also one of the oldest cities in the region.It was founded by Macedonian king 2nd Philip in the middle of BC 4th century as Heraclea Lyncestis and the city became one of the two dominant cities of the Ottoman Rumelia along with Thessaloniki during the Ottoman Sovereignty.
The Monastery Military School which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has received military training, Clock Tower, New Mosque, İshakiye Mosque, Monastery Covered Bazaar, Historical Post Office, Heraklea and St.Bogorodica Church are the most important places to be seen in the city.You can easily walk around the city, see the city square and historical monuments.
|25 €||June 28, 2018||Transportation + Guidance|
Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, is set up on two shores of the Vardar River which is the only major stream of country. The city where on one side Albanians and Muslims, on the other side Orthodox Christians lived is also a historical Ottoman settlement. In the city, after Macedonians, Albanians are second and Turks are third ethnic group.The Macedonians call Üsküp as Skopje.The name of the country is causing great controversy.While Turkey and many countries including four permanent members of the United Nations have recognized it as Macedonia, a group with the pressuring of Greece, insisting on the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The United Nations is also in the second group.This situation especially might cause problem when going from Greece to Macedonia.