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Tsar Samuel's Fortress

Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
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Ranked #9 of 17 attractions in Ohrid
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ancona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Whatever Tsar Samoil means to Macedonians, for me the main thing was that the name sounded interesting, and that's why I went. (Later I found out more about him.) Anyway, there turned out to be a great view from the Fortress, but that was about it. Otherwise it's just a gate and walls with a grassy space. Still, I'd seen... More

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Perth
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The fort is nothing special. Unfortunately no informational boards are available to describe why this fort would be important and who Samuel was, which would have made for a more interesting context. If one came here after the Roman amphitheater then just look inside the fort from the gates. The views is partly lake and partly new areas on the... More

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Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Just above the city of Ohrid lies the fortress of the father of the city. The places is not really much reconstructed and you can only see the remains of the fortress. But the view is worth the walk.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The fort provides a great skyline for the town of Ohrid, but isn't too impressive from the inside. But the climb up the hill is worth it for the panoramic views of the town and lake Ohrid. You also look down onto some of the churches that dot the hillside (great foreground for your photos). Start here and walk down... More

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Tirana, Albania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Like many fortresses of the Balkans, this one is being restored and is limited to its exterior walls. The views from this vantage point are worthwhile, and it is close to other very nice orthodox churches. So you should stop if you have time.

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Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Once you have done everything in Ohrid, you can go to the Fort. It is big and on the edge of the lake and town but once you walk around for the view, there is not much else. Not well maintained and if it would have cost more than a few euro, I would not have gone in.

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

You can make nice photos from this fortress. It is easily to see everything from which side. Entrance is very, very cheap.

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The Tsar was very able and fought again Byzantine Empire very succesfully.From 976 ad until 1014 he spreaded his Kingdom to parts of Croatia,Bosnia,Montenegro,Albania,Serbia,Bulgaria and of course Macedonia.At the final battle 1014 ad he was defeated and 10.000 captured alive Soldiers where blinded.Every 100th Soldiers was left one eye so he can lead the other 99 friends to the final... More

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Ro
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The fortress is not what we have imagined...Getting there is not easy and the place seems to miss a manager. They charge you at entrance, but there are no signs of investment at least in mowing the grass. The impression is that the authorities have inherited the place, but they do nothing to make it attractive for the tourists. It... More

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Boras, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Go to the top of the Fortress, the best view you will ever have is what the fortress will leave you with. Have some imaginnation and think of how it was when they fought!

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