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Travels on the Silk Road:
The first legs of the ancient Silk Road were: 1) from Rome to Brundisium/Brindisi (Via Appia); 2) a ship passage to Dyrrhacium/Durrës; 3) from there to Lychnidos/Ohrid at the lake of the same name (Via Egnatia). Ohrid was (among other hings, see Wikipedia) an important stopover halfway between Roma and Byzantium/Istanbul.
This church is Sveti Jovan Zlatoust Kaneo (Holy John the Theologian, in Kaneo). It has been presumably built in he 15th century, clearly before 1447 AD. Its style is supposed to contain as well Byzantine as Armenian elements. At the time of construction the Ottoman empire had already taken hold.
The lake Ohrid is largely fed by subterranean sources, the pure water comes from the Prespa lake on the other side of the Galicica mountains. Through the water you can easily see 15 and more meters down to the ground. The lake is of Tertiary origin, millions of years old and its fauna is partially endemic (crustaceans, snails, a trout).

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