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SKOPJE
Skopje Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Today Skopje is a modern city, but at the same time an ancient city with deep roots in the past and with a rich history. The town was known as early as the Roman period under the name of Skupi. It was attacked by barbarian tribes and destroyed in an earthquake.
After the earthquake, another town was erected a few kilometres away from the old location. Later the town on the banks of the river Vardar, received the name of Skopje.
Some monuments from the past are found in and around Skopje: Kale fortress which is on a hill, and which dominates the whole Skopje valley; the Bit-pazar is one of the attractions of the city, it is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today; Kursumli-han (inn) is near Bit-pazar, this Turkish building is the synonym for the old part of Skopje; the Stone Bridge that unites the cultures routes and blooming in the single place, thus the bridge represent a corridor of civilizations. Some of the other places of interest are: the church of St. Spas, St. Pantelejmon in Nerezi, St. Nicholas, Marko's monastery, The Mother of Jesus church, St Archangel church, the monastery of St. Nikita, the monastery of St. Andrea, the monastery of St. Nichola, the monastery of Matka and the Mother Theresa memorial, erected on the spot where her birth once stood. Skopje2

Today Skopje is a beautiful modern city which is becoming an important diplomatic centre in the Balkans, especially with being the political, economic, cultural and academic centre of Macedonia. It is also the major industrial, trading and banking centre of Macedonia. 
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BITOLA
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Bitola is an old, beautiful settlement with a rich cultural tradition which can be seen from the remaining from the archaeological locality – Heraclea Linkestis. Heraclea is the oldest archaeological locality in Macedonia dating from the roman period. It was alive for almost one millennium. The archaeological researches tell us about the civilization. It’s characteristic are as well Shirok Sokak, the Old Bitola Bazaar, the city tradition, the councillor’s past, the Clock tower, churches and mosques, the Pelister mountain and the five-spine Molika tree. Pelister is 2601 meter above the sea level high. It is unique for its mountain landscape and has been declared a national park. It is an outing place in summer and a ski-centre in winter.
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OHRID
Ohrid1 The town of Ohrid (known as Lichnidos) has been in existence for about 2500 years and  was built on the main Roman road Via Egnatia that used to connect the western and the eastern Empire. The testimony of that time are: The Classical Theatre, which is considered to be built in the 4th century B.C. and after more than two millenniums has been uncovered, reconstructed and used; The Fortress which was named after Samuel – the very first Macedonian-Slav emperor from the 10th century proves that the town of Ohrid even in the ancient time was a fortified one.
The first Slav University was founded by Clement and Naum and opened in the area called Plaosnik , where 3500 well chosen pupils were educated. The Ohrid literary school reached all Slav countries including Russia. Clement became the patron saint and protector of Ohrid. With the Pope’s permission the church at that time, was given a status of a Patriarchate. The spiritual center used to have more than 300 churches. The fresco painting dominates in many churches being a priceless treasure Ohrid2
Ohrid3 The modern town of Ohrid, is nowadays a spiritual, cultural and tourist center in Macedonia. Reading about this town one feels like going through the whole history of this biblical country of Macedonia. In 1980 the town of Ohrid entered the UNESCO list of heritage due to its priceless riches.
Lake Ohrid is the oldest lake in Europe and in the world. Formed tectonically between 4 and 10 million years ago, the lake is situated in karstic, or limestone bedrock.
Lake Ohrid is probably unique in the world in that its water is supplied mainly through spring water from numerous surface and underwater springs.
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DOJRAN
Dojran Dojran is a tourist pearl in the south part of the country. It has mild Mediterranean climate and season from April to October. It had a rich history. It used to be called Constantinople. It was moved and removed, ruined and rebuild again and was called Polin. Dojran Lake is 42 square km big, about 10 meters deep and the water temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius. That gives tropical characteristic to the lake and enables people to bath in it all 24 hours. It is especially healthful.

Dojran is the town of fishermen. The collaboration between the fishermen and the cormoran birds is called “mandri” and is unique fishing routine. It is only in Dojran where you can eat fish baked on straws and hundred more ways.
Because of the climate conditions, water, sun and the vegetation, bloomy from the springtime to the late autumn, its peacefulness and hospitality Dojran is a great tourist destination.

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STRUMICA
The city of Strumica is situated in the Strumica Valley in southeastern Macedonia. Strumica and the Strumica Valley enjoy a temperate Mediterranean climate, especially along the Strumica River valley. The characteristic warm and dry summers and cold and wet winters result in temperatures that can reach up to and over 40 degrees Celsius in the summer and drop as low as -20 degrees Celsius in the winter. Strumica
Due to its unique Mediterranean climate, the Strumica Valley is the largest producer of early market garden produce in Macedonia. Other agricultural products include poppy, cotton, tobacco, sesame, peanuts, and anasaon, a rare culture used to produce the famous Macedonian Mastika, which is also made in Strumica. Apart from agriculture, Strumica is also known for its textile and the non-metals and ceramics industries.
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VELES

The most picturesque city on river and historically and geographically center of our country. Famous for the rafts man, craftsman and the Gemidzii groups. Today it is especially famous because of Stobi, a pre-historic archaeological locality. The researchers that have been done in Stobi have discovered a monumental theatre for 7.600 spectators, defending towers, decorated mosaic floors on the city squares ornaments that look like gods and goddess, frescoes and terracotta. A festival of an antique drama is held in Stobi every year.

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KOCANI

The landscape of Kocani is actually the rice fields. Kocani is the town of the “white” gold. The most famous traditional rice dish is the “lapa”, with its very unique taste, spiced with poppy seeds.
The recreational center Ponikva, arranged as a ski-center and with its great mountain surrounding, is especially attractive for the tourists. Also, an attractive place for the tourists is its well famous therapeutical spa center.

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KRUSEVO
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Krusevo is city museum, a place for an outgoing, air-spa, and ski-center....It is famous of its archaic architecture: the old “Krushevo house”, the narrow and small streets and the city fountains. Krusevo republic in 1903 was the first republic on the Balkan.

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NEGOTINO
Strumica The grapes orchards extended on the both sides of the river Vardar, the wine and the rakija are surely becoming a wide known sign for the town of Negotino.
The town has a rich history of an inhabited place since the II century B.C. established by the Macedonian emperor Antogon Gonat a proof that are the great number of archaeological monuments dating from those times.
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KRIVA PALANKA

It is a small mountain town famous for the St. Joakim Osogovski monastery established in the 11th century. This monumental temple can offer more than 120 monastery accommodations and can be assumed as a very important capacity for the tourism in the region.

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STIP
Stip

Stip is a significant cultural, educational and economic center of Eastern Macedonia. The textile and fashion industries are located in this town.
Stip is first mentioned in era of Rom imperator Tiberij (14-37), I century of n.e.  as being included within the ancient state of Peony, with the name of Astibo. At that time Stip was one of biggest and most significant cities in Eastern Macedonia.

Stip is also known by the church of St. Archangel build in 1332 which is the oldest church in Stip and the church of St. Bogorodica (in the yard of this church there is a school where at the end of the 19th century Goce Delcev, who was an ideologist of the Macedonian national liberation movement, was a teacher). There is also a large Turkish konak, which has been turned into art gallery (named Bezisten). Only few kilometers from the city there is a classic city Bargala known by mineral water.
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PRILEP
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Prilep is situated in the Prilep Field which is contained in the north part of the largest valey in Macedonia, Pelagonija. The territory of the city and its countryside were one of the most important strategically, political and military places in this part of the Balkans. Many important crossroads ("Via Ignazia" and "Via Militaris"), which led from Greece to Adriatic see, were crossing Pelagonija. Prilep was the center of the larger political and territorial organization, and important political and military place where Macedonian king Samuel used to stay. On the hill of Marco's Fortress is found one of the five largest palaces in the Balkans that contains three defense levels and many buildings and gates. On 11th of October 1941 in Prilep started the armed revolution of the Macedonian people for its national freedom and independence, against fascism. Prilep is famous world center for Tobacco and Marble production. The quality of the tobacco and the marble are specially known in the world.

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TETOVO
Tetovo Tetovo is a town lying at the foothills of the Shar Mountains and has a well-developed textile and clothing industry, and a massive plant for the production of chromium and ferrosilicon. The comparative advantages of the Polog valley have been well used for the development of agriculture, especially market-gardening and fruit growing. More recently, Tetovo has become a centre of private business and trade. Countless small shops have been opened where one can buy almost everything.
The Monastery of Leshok with the churches of St. Atanas and of the Holy Virgin, from the 14th century, is situated near Tetovo. In honour of the educator Kiril Pejcinov, this monastery hosts an International Meeting of Literature Translator's. Tetovo is also the host to the Festival of Macedonian Choirs.
The well-known ski resort of Popova Sapka lies above Tetovo in the Shar Mountains, and is linked to the town by a road and a cable railway.

 

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