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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Bisera Chauleva (7 months ago)
Perched on the cliffs overlooking the serene Lake Ohrid, the Church of Kaneo is a sublime architectural gem. With its medieval charm and breathtaking vistas, this historic site in Ohrid, Macedonia, transports visitors to a bygone era. The church's Byzantine design, adorned with intricate frescoes, evokes a sense of spiritual tranquility. The panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains from the church grounds are truly mesmerizing. Whether you seek cultural enrichment or simply wish to soak in the beauty of nature, the Church of Kaneo stands as a must-visit destination, offering a profound blend of history and scenic allure.
Deded (7 months ago)
I don’t understand how can someone give less than 5 stars for this church. Macedonia and Macedonians should be proud of what they have. Perfect just amazing!! ????
Gar Yos (9 months ago)
What a nice place, the river side trail is very beautiful and romantic, especially during sunset. I was lucky enough to see a rare wedding in here too
Jannicke Ruset (9 months ago)
Cool if you are interested in history and beautiful buildings. I would recommend going some time later than me. Then you can see the sunset from the top.
Killographer (10 months ago)
This monastery is a beautiful retreat surrounded by nature. It's a perfect spot for photography, with many picturesque areas to explore. The peaceful atmosphere allows for relaxation, and the sunsets here are simply stunning. Whether you're looking for tranquility or a place to capture breathtaking scenery, don't miss out on visiting this monastery. ??
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