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Bitola is a city in southwestern Macedonia. Bitola is the administrative , cultural , economic , industrial, educational and scientific center of that part of Macedonia . The city is known as the city of the consuls are here because of the consular offices of the Republic of Macedonia . Bitola is the third largest city in Macedonia according to the number of residents , and the area is second . During Yugoslavia was one of the cultural centers, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Former Yugoslavia . The father of the Turkish nation Kemal Ataturk officer finished school in Bitola . Some of his works are kept in the National Museum Bitola .

Cultural monuments in Bitola

Bitola fortress

Bitola fortress called just stepping ( by Turkish cephane, free translation ammunition or barutana or arsenal ) is a cultural monument of the first category in Macedonia . She was built in 1876 in the form of a cross with four unique buildings built of stone . The building is located in Bitola barracks . The building , which is the ultimate architectural achievement Smilevo masters that although the order of valijata have built in the shape of a cross , a place for cultural events and tourist attraction . In the past Dzhepaneto rarely visited since the time that the JNA was the storehouse for weapons and kept as a military secret , protected by sentry posts , barbed wire and steel gates zamandaleni , but today the closure of the barracks and providing municipal governance in , the facility is open for visits and for larger investments .


According to the archaeologist Bitola Stevce Todorovski fortress hides secret symbols Smilevo masters . The building was built in the time of Bitola vali hair Ahmet Zeki Pasha , who offered the money masters when built onto barutanata . But they said : ” … is overpaid Valley, the holy not take money .” Valijata not realized what they say , but his later scribe has shown that the opposite building is looking great bricked Christian cross formed by bypass walls and buildings . Even in the wall of one of the masters of stone buildings izdelkale cross obliquely positioned to not fall immediately in the eye .

Religious buildings in Bitola

Churches in Bitola

Holy 40 Martyrs of Sebaste

Holy 40 Martyrs of Sebaste church is located in the Krkardash Smilevski Bitola Bair . It was built 150 years ago , the place where the former monastery ” St. Athanasius ” . When the Turkish army had conquered Bitola , monks from the monastery offered no resistance fierce fighting so that on one hand carrying a cross and sword on the other . In honor of the 40 monks , erected a monastery ” St. 40 Martyrs ” as the glory of the church is every year on the first day of spring . Near the monastery is COU ” Todor Angelevski ” – Bitola , Bitola Bair and intercity old road that connects through Prilep, Bitola to Ohrid .

Church ” St. . Demetrius ” – Bitola

Holy Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica represents Orthodox Church in Bitola . Administratively belongs to the Bishops appointed units of Bitola – Prespa pelagonic Diocese of MOC – OA . This church built in 1830 , a bell tower was built in 1936 . Built in the shape of three-nave basilica with side galleries . The entire iconostasis was made in gilded carved by the skilled hands of gang carving now unknown , but certainly composed by Macedonian artists. In 2005 , conservationists from Bitola Museum and Institute and the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments discovered hitherto unknown fresco depicting Jesus Almighty . The fresco is a central part of the roof of the church that more than a century was covered with darkness by burning candles , so that long history of unique valuables were unknown .

Church ” St. . Virgin ” – Bitola

Church of St. Mary in the center of Bitola , on the right bank of the river Dragor next to St. school . Cyril and Methodius . It is the second largest church in Bitola , and was built in the period 1870-71 , with the great help of Dr. Constantine Mishajkov and Demetrius Robev ( according memorial plaque which is now kept in the Metropolis in Bitola ) [ 1 ] . This church is a three-nave basilica with porches on the south , north and west sides and floor galleries . But apart from the church . Demetrius appears here and dome in the form of bulbs, which together with other elements , such as oval windows like okulusi , north of Attica baroque portal and similar items , clearly indicating the burst neobaroknite influences , but they locally modified in traditional type of sacred object characteristic of the 19th century in this area . These European influences are quite logical if we take into account the period when it was built, or is more apparent trade links with Europe in Bitola , as well as education of the young bourgeoisie in these countries . The actual building of the church which later became the cathedral church of the Exarchate , actually expresses the overall struggle against Hellenization process Bitola citizenship .

Mosques in Bitola

Isaac mosque

Isa Ibn Ishak Celebi Mosque was built in 1506 . and it is one of the oldest preserved mosques in Bitola . Against the Clock Tower and Big Bezisten this mosque minaret is about 50 meters high , simply dominates the space .

This mosque was only part of the great founder of vakaf he has built this mosque and madrassa , mekteb , 103 stores , vineyards , 20 mills and many other facilities .

Heraclea Linkestis

Linkestis Heraclea ( Heraclea or Linkestidska ) is an ancient city , founded by the Macedonian king Philip II of Macedon, which is located on the southern outskirts of the city of Bitola , at the foot of Baba Mountain . Name named by Heracles , the mythical hero and founder of the Macedonian royal dynasty Argeadi while Linkestis epithet meaning ” Linkestidska ” comes from the name of the region Lynkestidia who was in town, and they lived in ancient Macedonian tribe Lynkestidia . Situated in a fertile plain, the north protected from Baba mountain or hill Tumbe Coffee and Grey Water River south Heraclea remained intact and has evolved into an important crossroads on the Via Egnatia (Latin Via Ignatia) that connected Durres and Bosporus . From Heraclea road diagonally stretched to Stobi , then at Serdica ( Sofia MKD ) .

Pelister – National Park 

Pelister National Park covers an area of ​​17.150 hectares – an altitude of 927 to 2601 m. Abounds with unique natural resources and is home to rare and endemic animal and plant species.

To see and experience all the beauty of the mountain Baba and Pelister There’s numerous hiking trails : Children , historical , the rocks …

You do not need special fitness, but only goodwill .

Trademark of Pelister clear spring water that you notice Pelister and pelagonic trout , waterfalls , mountain lakes and several seasonal both glacial – Big and Little Lake , also known as Pelister Eyes .

Say that once was the Pelister surely come again …

National Park