Kratovo Travel Guide

  • Stone Bridges, Defense Towers and Lava
    Stone Bridges, Defense Towers and Lava
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    Stone bridge
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  • Golemo Gradiste
    Golemo Gradiste
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Kratovo Things to Do

  • Golemo Gradiste (I)

    Golemo Gradiste (Big Building Site) is a hill that rises about 100 meters above the Kriva river. It served as the acropolis of a fortified ancient city. There are many man-made adjustments to be seen in the rocks of the hill, such as rooms cut into the rock, stairs, niches etc. Pottery of the 4th-6th centuries has been found here, and evidence...

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  • Cocev Kamen

    The locality Cocev Kamen (or Tsotse's Stone) is an prehistoric observatory similar to Kokino near Kumanovo. Besides, it was used for sacrificial rituals and as a temple.Rocks art (paintings on the rocks) is found here as well.Cocev Kamen is a spectacular rock formation near Sopsko Rudare, about 45 minutes by car from Kratovo. Although it is an...

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  • Stone Dolls

    The Stone Dolls, or Kameni Kukli, are strange stone pillars that have been formed 10 million years ago by erosion.They are near the village of Kuklica, south of the road from Kumanovo to Kriva Palanka, and close to Kratovo.We went here by car together with a guide from the Municipal Center of Rock Art of Kratovo.One bridge close to the Stone Dolls...

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  • Golemo Gradiste (IV): Basilica

    North of the acropolis, below the hill of Golemo Gradiste, is an excavation site where according to the map also a basilica was found.We did not descend to the basilica, but the pictures show the site seen from the acropolis.

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  • Golemo Gradiste (II): Room cut into the...

    The most recognizable feature on the western part of the acropolis of Golemo Gradiste is a room that was created by digging horizontally into the cliff face. This room included a rock-cut bed under a window, benches and a tomb in the middle of the floor.The doorway opens onto a terrace, and cuttings in the rock above the entrance suggest that a...

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  • Map of Golemo Gradiste

    1) North gate2) Area of cemetery3) Basilica4) Fortification wall5) Acropolis6) Room cut into cliff7) Modern Bridge8) City gate9) Roman Rotunda Church10) Church of St George at Golemo Gradiste11) Cemetery ChurchThis map was copied from the paper Archaeological Investigation at Konjuh, Republic of Macedonia, in 2000 by Carolyn S. Snively. You can...

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  • Golemo Gradiste Acropolis (III)

    Some pictures of the acropolis of Golemo Gradiste.

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  • Church of St George at Golemo Gradiste

    The roofless Church of St George is about 300 meter southwest of Golemo Gradiste and 400 meter west of the Roman Rotunda Church.It is located on the cemetery of Konjuh.A fragment of a Roman tombstone was built into one of the walls, see the pictures.The proposed dates of the construction run from the 14th to the 16th century. It is not known when...

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  • Rotunda at Golemo Gradiste

    About 160 meter south of the hill called Golemo Gradiste, there are the ruins of an unusual early Byzantine church in the form of a Rotunda.The Rotunda probably dates back to the 6th century.Local villagers excavated the building in 1919. Next to the Rotunda a new small church was built, an inscription next to the door says it was built in 1955....

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  • Municipal Center of Rock Art

    The Center of Rock Art is a one-room information center about Kratovo and surroundings.They can provide you with guides to visit Kratovo, the locality Cocev Kamen, the archeological site Golemo Gradiste with its Roman Rotunda Church and Church of St George, the locality Stone Dolls, etc. There is a lot to see and do around Kratovo!The owner and...

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  • Kratovo views

    Pictures of Kratovo.On the main picture you can see the old bazaar, which if found close to the Bazaar Bridge. This used to be a vibrant place where craftsmen sold their products in these small shops, now it looks rather deserted.

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  • Ottoman Prison

    Below the Bazaar Bridge, there is this old Ottoman Prison.

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  • House of Culture / Museum

    This museum is next to the Bazaar Bridge and the Ottoman Prison.When we were there, the paintings of an art colony for children were on display.The museum is housed in a former inn.

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  • Ruins of Turkish Bath (Amam)

    If you would not look for these ruins of an old Turkish Amam, you would probably miss them, they are hardly recognizable anymore...

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  • Ruins of a defense tower

    I don't know the name of this Defense Tower. It is close to the Srez Tower and Krste's Tower.

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  • Krste's Tower

    Another one of the defense towers in Kratovo, Krste's Tower.It is next to the Srez Tower.

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  • Clock Tower, Kratovo

    Originally there were twelve defense towers in Kratovo, now only six remain. They are called Hadzi Kostava, Saat (meaning clock), Simitceva, Krste's Tower, Srez Tower or Emin-Bey and Zlatkoviceva tower. The last one that was damaged in 1929, the Hadzi Kostava tower, was rebuilt in 1957.These are pictures of the Saat Tower, or Clock Tower.The towers...

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  • Defense towers in Kratovo

    Originally there were twelve defense towers in Kratovo, now only six remain. They are called Hadzi Kostava, Saat (Clock Tower), Simitceva, Krsteva (Krste's Tower), Emin-bey or Srez Tower and Zlatkoviceva tower.The last one that was damaged in 1929, the Hadzi Kostava tower, was rebuilt in 1957.The towers originally did not have stairs and you could...

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  • Srez Tower

    One of the defense towers in Kratovo.According to the sign attached to the tower it is called Srez Tower, but I think it is also called Emin Bey Tower.It is found next to Krste's Tower.

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  • Old stone bridges in Kratovo

    The river Tabacka runs through the crater in which the village Kratovo was built, and four stone bridges across the river date from the early Ottoman period.Together with the defense towers, these bridges are the famous landmarks of Kratovo.

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  • Pine Trees from the 14th century

    According to the sign next to them, these Pine Trees are from the 14th century!So these trees are about 600-700 years old! Other old trees in Macedonia are the Cinar in Ohrid and the 560 year old plane tree in Skopje.

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  • Radin Bridge

    The Radin Bridge rests on two medieval towers. The bridge was damaged and restored, but not to its original state.

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  • Church of St Nikola the Miracle Worker

    This church dedicated to St Nicholas the Miracle Worker is mentioned for the first time in 1666. Allegedly the church is very old and it existed even before the arrival of the Ottoman Turks in the late 14th century.It was completely restored in 1848.There is a carved wooden iconostasis, and the frescoes are said to date back to the 16th century.The...

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  • Church of St Jovan

    The Church of St Jovan (St John the Baptist) was built by the master-builder Nikola Damjanov.It was destroyed several times during the Ottoman period, and restored in 1836.According to one of our guidebooks, the church should house an icon of Holy Mary, Mother of God, dating back to 1636. However, the man that opened the church for us, did not know...

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  • St George of Kratovo, New Martyr

    George (1497-1515) was a silversmith by trade and a convinced and a devout Christian. He was eighteen years old when the Turks tried to convert him to Islam. George remained as firm as a diamond in his faith. The Turks tortured him with many cruel tortures and finally burned him at the stake.

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  • Bazaar Bridge

    Not surprisingly, the bazaar bridge is located close to the old bazaar.Below it is the old Ottoman Prison, and next to the bridge is the Museum of Kratovo, housed in a former inn.

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  • Gorno Amamski Bridge

    The Gorno Amamski Bridge (Upper Turkish Bathhouse Bridge) is located close to the ruins of the old Turkish Bathhouse.Note the round stone on the bridge, this is one of the "volcanic bombs" that can be found around Kratovo. A volcanic bomb is a mass of molten rock, formed when a volcano ejects viscous fragments of lava during an eruption. They cool...

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