Marko de Prilep's fortress in Macedonia

Marko's fortress in Prilep is one of the obligatory visits in this city. Here are also other charms that cannot be overlooked. We want to let you know all of them, focusing especially on fortification. Can you come with us?

Marko de Prilep's fortress, origin and characteristics

Marko de Prilep's fortress was one of the strongest and impregnable in the Balkans. It emerged in the fourth century B.C. and it developed until the fourteenth century B.C. on a hill 180 meters high, north of the current Prilep. More specifically, in a part of Mount Babuna.

Fortress Tower - Prince Roy

The construction, which came to be defended only by 40 soldiers, It is currently in ruins. From it the Markovi Kuli, or Marko towers, of medieval Serbian origin and which are surrounded by steep slopes covered with granite stones are preserved.

These remains are part of an old settlement, which also retains a wall in good condition. The lowest zone of this consists of a row of short walls drawn in a dashed line. On its east side, there are some graves inserted in the rock.

On the other hand, the fortress owes its name to Marko Mrnjavčević. This was a king who ruled over a territory centered on the city of Prilep (between 1371 and 1395). However, he was forced to pay tribute to the Ottoman invaders and subsequently take part in the battle of Rovine, in which he was killed.

After the death of the king, the place was taken by the Ottoman forces. Those who lived here then migrated at the foot of the Marko towers. We are talking about the current municipality of Varoš.

What else to see in Prilep

Treskavec Monastery - Milo van Kovacevic / Flickr.com

In addition to the fortress, in Prilep you should visit other buildings of interest, such as the church Sv. Blagoveshtenie, or church of the Holy Annunciation. It is a great example of the architecture of the Macedonian Renaissance period. It is from 1838, it consists of three naves and it highlights the wood carved iconostasis.

Nearby are the ruins of the mosque of the old bazaar. It was built in 1475 and can claim to be the oldest in Europe with two balconies in its minaret.

As well must see the clock tower, which measures 55 meters high and is hexagonal base. It was erected to replace a wooden one that had caught fire. In the historic center of Prilep there is also the equestrian statue of King Marko, in the town square.

All this can be discovered by taking a walk through the network of streets of this beautiful city of Macedonia. In it the houses are low and Ottoman style. A place that seems to move us to the very medieval era.

Already on the outskirts we can visit the monastery of Los Santos Arcángeles, surrounded by rock formations and vegetation. Also the church of San Nicolás. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Macedonia, thanks to the decoration of its facade or the colorful frescoes inside.

Things to do in Prilep

Prilep Square - Milo van Kovacevi / Flickr.com

In the city of Prilep tourism can be done to know its historical importance, which is evidenced in buildings such as Marko's fortress. But Here are endless events worth enjoying.

One of the most outstanding quotes is the Pivofest. It is a beer fair that lasts for four days and in which numerous concerts are held.

Other famous celebrations take place in the carnivals. In Prochka, the youngest visit the elders of their family to apologize for their sins. Meanwhile, the Mechkari is a pagan ritual in which men dress in bear costumes and perform various actions for health and that the year is fruitful.

As you see, the tourist possibilities in the city of Prilep are numerous, beyond visiting the ruins of the ancient fortress of Marko. Are you going to miss them?

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