Fact #1 - Warrior on horseback
This is the name of a statue inaugurated in 2011 in the capital Skopje. It is Alexander the Great, but out of respect for Greece, it is not called so.
Fact #2 - Opium
Northern Macedonia's opium is the best in the world. It has a morphine value of 14 and is therefore ahead of China (8), India (7) and Turkey (6).
Fact #3 - Mountainous
About 85% of North Macedonia consists of mountains. The small country has 34 mountain peaks with a height of over 2.000 m. A Mecca for mountaineers and hikers.
Fact #4 - Pearls
Ohrid pearls (from Lake Ohrid) are refined by a process known only to two families worldwide. Queen Elizabeth II is a well-known wearer of Ohrid pearls.
Fact #5 - Trouble with Greece
North Macedonians are the descendants of the Macedonians? Not if it goes to Greece, they contradict this statement, because Macedonians lived in Greece.
Fact #6 - Churches
In northern Macedonia, three churches have a piece of the Holy Cross embedded in their foundations: St. Bogodorica Prechist in Kichevo, St. Jovan Bigorski near Gostivar and St. Georgji Pobedonosec in Debar.
Fact #7 - Churches, Part 2
The small town of Ohrid with about 39,000 inhabitants has 365 churches, one for every day. However, some of the churches are now only ruins.
Fact #8 - Lake Ohrid
When we are at Ohrid, Lake Ohrid is one of the oldest lakes in the world and the second-largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. It is only trumped by Lake Skadar.
Fact #9 - Vrelo Cave
The Vrelo Cave is (probably) the deepest underwater cave in the world. One of the last expeditions reached a depth of 77 meters, but this was not the end of the cave.
Fact #10 - The Millennium Cross
The Millennium Cross is a 66 m high cross erected on the Vodno mountain near the town of Skopje. It was opened in 2002 and is illuminated at night so that it can be seen from the city.