Saint Naum – Свети Наум (Sveti Naum), also referred to as Свети Наум Охридски Чудотворец (Sveti Naum Ohridski Čudotvorec, the Miracle Worker of Ohrid)
Vesna and I first visited this Church & Monastery on our honeymoon in April 1999. The monastery is dedicated to Sveti Naum and the Church is dedicated to the Holy Archangels Gabriel and Michael. The original church was built in 900A.D. Sveti Naum himself died in 910 A.D. and was buried there at the church. The church was renovated in two phases during the 16th and 17th centuries. The monastery towers over Lake Ohrid near the Albania border and is close to the village of Ljubaništa and the Crni Drim (the River Black Dream). We arrived by boat but the monastery is very accessible by car and is about 30 kilometers south of the city of Ohrid. The views traveling to and from this monastery are extraordinary.
Born around the year 830AD, St. Naum would become the youngest disciple of Saints Cyril and Methodius and he joined them on their mission to spread Christianity in Moravia and Pannonia. As part of this mission, he helped create the Glagolitic alphabet, the oldest Slavic alphabet, in order to translate biblical texts for the new followers. Afterwards, he joined St. Clement at the Ohrid Literary School. He would then found this church & monastery and after his death in 910AD he was buried here and St. Clement began the process to canonize him as a saint.1