Church of St. John at Kaneo

Ohrid, North Macedonia

Saint John the Theologian is a Macedonian Orthodox church situated on the cliff over Kaneo Beach overlooking Lake Ohrid in the city of Ohrid. The church is dedicated to John of Patmos, the writer of Revelation, who has been by some considered to be the same person as John the Apostle. The construction date of the church remains unknown but documents detailing the church property suggest that it was built before the year 1447. Archaeologists believe that the church was constructed some time before the rise of the Ottoman Empire very likely in the 13th century. Restoration work in 1964 led to the discovery of frescoes in its dome.

The church has a cruciform architectural plan, with a rectangular base. The architect of the church is unknown. Reconstruction work was carried out on the church in the 14th century, shortly before the arrival of Ottoman Turks in Macedonia. A wooden iconostasis was constructed within the church and by the 20th century numerous saints along with the Virgin Mary have been portrayed on the apse. A fresco of Christ Pantocrator can be seen on the dome of the church. A fresco of Saint Clement of Ohrid (whose monastery, Saint Panteleimon, is located close to the church) accompanied by Saint Erasmus of Ohrid can also be seen on a wall of the church.

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Ohrid, North Macedonia
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in North Macedonia

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Yonathan Stein (3 months ago)
A lovely small ancient orthodox church from 1100. From outside is more interesting but the best part is the panoramic view and the sunset, definitely the best spot on Ohrid for sunset lovers.
Jakub Jílek (4 months ago)
Very beautiful church above Ohrid lake. Gatekeeper at the church was so kind to tell me something about the history of the church. Definitely worth visiting.
distractednine di (5 months ago)
Such a beautiful place! The view from the rock is magnificent!
Honest (5 months ago)
It’s the most beautiful place and architecture in Macedonia by far! Unbeaten. Located in a quiet place with an outstanding view on behind. Extremely recommended to visit! Even though the building was under repairs while we visited, it was great to visit. We met a friendly guy, who I believe was a worker in the temple. And we had a good conversation with him. He told us some more context about Macedonia and their history.
Tony G (7 months ago)
Absolutely amazing and peaceful place, the church itself is closed , however the calmness that you could get there by sitting around and seeing the lake is unique on its own
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