Samuel's Fortress, Ohrid

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Samuil's Fortress
Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
Samuil's Fortress in Ohrid (Самуилова тврђава у Охриду).jpg
The fortress of Tsar Samuel by night
Samuil's Fortress is located in Republic of Macedonia
Samuil's Fortress
Samuil's Fortress
Coordinates 41°06′54″N 20°47′28″E / 41.115°N 20.791°E / 41.115; 20.791
Type Castle
Site information
Controlled by Samuel of Bulgaria
Open to
the public
Yes
Site history
Built 4th century B.C.
Built by Phillip II of Macedon
Materials Limestone

Samuel's Fortress (Macedonian: Самуилова тврдина) (Bulgarian: Самуилова крепост) is a fortress in the old town of Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. It was the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire[1] during the rule of Tsar Samuel of Bulgaria at the turn of the 10th century. Today, this historical monument is a major tourist attraction and was heavily restored in 2003 with the addition of entirely new battlements where none had survived.

According to recent excavations by Macedonian archaeologists, it was contended that this fortress was built on the place of an earlier fortification, dated to the 4th century BC, which was probably built by King Philip II of Macedon.[2]

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  1. ^ Macedonian Folk Customs by Mercia MacDermott, 1998, ISBN 1-85302-485-6, page 26: "... one of these brothers, Samuil, proclaimed himself Tsar, with his capital at Ohrid.
  2. ^ "Culture — Republic of Macedonia". www.culture.in.mk. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 

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