Krusevo Travel Guide

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Krusevo Things to Do

  • Tose Proeski Memorial House

    This is a stunning building, and quite a collection of items. The first impression is of light. The Christian message is not subtle – the whole building from above is shaped like a cross, and there’s a literal ascension into light – and I doubt the whole experience would make sense to people who don’t understand just how beloved this boy was. I...

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  • Manastir of Sv.Preobrazenie

    About 10km from Kruševo, on a distant hill stands a manastir of Sv.Preobrazenie. (Holy Transfiguration???). Road has many sharp turns, and I wondered why the hell did they want to make it so far from, like, everything.I suppose it has something to do with peace, meditation and distance from people.But the view on surrounding is beautiful.

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  • Makedonium

    Makedonium is a monument dedicated to the Ilinden Uprising. The Ilinden uprising (so called because it started on Ilinden - St. Ilija's Day) was a turning-point in the national and revolutionary struggle of the Macedonian people. In range and character it was a true national revolution with deep political and social implications. It began on 2...

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  • Toše Proeski memorial

    Todor Toše Proeski (January 25, 1981 – October 16, 2007) was a Macedonian multi-genre singer, songwriter and actor. He was popular across the entire Balkan area and further north, and locally he was considered a top act of the Macedonian music scene. Proeski was known for his strong vocal performances and trademark quote "Ve sakam site" (I Love You...

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  • Visit Toshe Proeski's Grave

    Toshe Proeski was a young and very talented singer, famous all over the balkan region, who died in a tragic car accident on October 16, 2007. He was burried in his hometown Kruševo with a state funeral and his grave has since become a place of pilgrimage and one of the main attractions in the town, attracting each weekend hundreds of tourists...

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  • Monastery Preobraženie up Mount Musica

    When you travel around in Macedonia, you will soon discover that the orthodox church is investing massivly in new church spires and in the renovation of old churches. In Kruševo they are even building a brand new monastery on the ruins of the ancient monastery of Sv. Preobraženie. The monastery and the church are still being built, but...

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  • Monastery of St Spas in Trstenik, near...

    The Monastery of St Spas was built in 1836. The Monastery stands out on a hill when you approach Krusevo from Prilep, but the turnoff for the Monastery (signposted) is low down in the valley before you start climbing up into Krusevo on the main road.You can spend the night here for a few denars, just make sure you bring your own food. We stayed in...

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  • Meckin Kamen Monument, Krucevo

    Meckin Kamen (according to the Bradt Travel guide an hour´s hike uphill on the road to Bitola from hotel Montana, but we went by car) was the site of one of the battles against the Ottomans. According to the story, the Macedonians were heavily outnumbered and short of ammunition, so they started to throw rocks. The powerful statue shows a fighter...

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  • The Nikola Karev Memorial

    Nikola Karev is probably the most important hero of the Kruševo uprising of August 1903. He was the president of the short lived Republic of Kruševo from August 3 to 13, 1903. His memorial is located in the upper town, just where the streets from Pusta Reka and the Illinden Memorial come together.

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  • The Pitu Guli Memorial

    Pitu Guli is, together with Nikola Karev, one of the most famous heroes of the Kruševo uprising of August 1903. He lwas the leader in the battle of Metčin Kamen. His memorial is located on the north side of Kruševo on the road going from the town center to Hotel Montana.

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  • The Manču Matak Memorial

    Manču Matak is one of the Most famous Kruševo hreo from the second world war. His memorial is in the very center of Kruševo, just below the church of Sv. Nikola. The photo was taken on September 8, the day Kruševo was liberated from the fashist rule in 1944. Every year on this day, Kruševo honours its heroes with flower.

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  • DON'T WORRY, be happy

    I saw at least three museums recommended in Krushevo in a brochure. But as I arrived there a Tuesday morning in July, all three were closed. I managed to find an "office for the citizen" organized whith Canadian help, where English is spoken. There, they said the museum of Republic founding is open and confirmed it by phone. I went there once more...

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  • Ilinden Uprising Monument, Krusevo

    The Ilinden Uprising monument is on the opposite side of Krusevo of the Meckin Kamen monument. The monument contains the tomb of Nikola Karaev, who was made president of the Republic of Krusevo in 1903 after the Ilinden uprising against the Ottomans.We visited Krusevo during a 3 day trip from Ohrid-Prilep-Krusevo, see my other tips.

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  • The Lake

    Behind Gumenja, the hill with the Ilinden Monument, there is a small artificial lake. In the hot season it becomes "Kruševo Beach" where people come and take a cool swim. On the other side of the dam, there is even a little camping during summer time.

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  • Kruševo's Chairlift

    Kruševo's chairlift connects the town with the skilifts on the slopes on the hills above. A few years ago it was renovated and is now painted in friendly yellow and green. From the upper station one has a spectacular view down to Kruševo. The chairlift operates mainly during the ski season. In summer you can easily walk up either along the aisle or...

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  • Church of Sv. Bogorodica

    The church of Bogorodica (St. Mary the Virgin) is located high in the upper town, near the old Nikola Karev school und the Historic Museum. It was built in 1867 and, hence, is the second oldest church after Sv. Nikola (which dates from 1832). From teh hill side behind the church, you have a beautiful view over the city.

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  • The Sliva Battlefield

    When you leave Kruševo towards north-west in direction to the mountain villages Arilevo, Dolno Divjaci, Gorno Divjaci and Pusta Reka (all of them worth a VT travel tip themselves), a few kilometers out of the town just before the paved road turns left towoards Arilevo, you see to your right a stonewalled monument resembling a man with one arm...

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  • The Ilinden Memorial

    Enthroned hight on Gumenja hill to the north of the town, you'll find what probably is the biggest and most famous monument in entire Macedonia: It is the Ilinden Spomenik , sometimes also referred to as Makedonium . Built in the early seventies after a design of Jordan and Iskra Grabul, it is meant as a memorial to the 1903 Ilinden Uprising,...

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  • A Visit to the Cooper's Workshop

    In Kruševo you can still find many traditional trades. A particularly interesting one is the cooper's workshop at the top of the stairs in the center of the town. Here the cooper "majstor" and his fellow build beautiful barrels from local oak wood. Their tools and equipments are extremely simple, everything is really hand-made. Why not bring back...

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  • Meet the Kruševo Workhorses

    In Kruševo, the term "workhorse" is meant literally. People here have horses not for leasure or sports, but to do heavy duty work, such as transporting wood from the forest, collecting the garbage or workingthe fields. While I understand that using horses makes perfectly sense in a place the slogan "time is money" does not count (yet?), I do...

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  • Monday and Thursday are market days

    Every Monday and Thursday morning the square above Sv. Nikola church transforms into a market place. Depending on the season, you can find here all sorts of fruits and vegetables, brought in by the farmers of the neighboring villages.

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  • Inside the Sv. Nikola Church

    If you are looking for a quiet moment of rest and contemplation, why not spend silently a few moments inside the church of Sv. Nikola right in the town center. Inside the church you'll find nice wall paintings, wood carvings and icons. Beware, not all of them are as old as you might think - when I visited, some of them were even not yet finished.

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  • Traditional Kruševo Houses

    When you walk trough Kruševo, it is almost like an open air museum. I like in particular to look at the traditional houses which typically have a narrow base and then widen up on the upper floor, often with picturesque oriels. Some of the houses are very old, but there are also new ones, built or rebuild in the old local style.

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  • Enjoy a great view down to Pelagonia!

    When the view is clear, it's definitely worth to make a little walk up the hill behind Hotel Montana. Up there, you'll have a splendid view down into the plane of Pelagonia. You can look down to the villages of Aldanci and Krivogaštani, spot the skyline of Prilep to the east or enjoy the sight of the Pelister mountain toward the south. The sight is...

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Krusevo Restaurants

  • Delicious Pizza and Nice Ambiente

    A nice little place right in the old town of Kruševo. The pizza I tasted was delicious, but I am told that the other food they serve is just as tasty. The pizza was served on nice wooden boards. I preferred it just like it came out of the oven, but my Macedonian friends liked to "drown" theirs in tons of ketchup and mayonnaise sauce - yuck!

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  • A place with tradition!

    The place is named after the the father of the current owner, who was a singer and musician well known all overYugoslavia. Pictures of old Šape', together with his original cane, hat and guitar, are still prominently on display . Ask Nikola, the owner, to prepare a local specialty - there are many, and they all taste delicious. My favorite is...

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  • Great food!

    The best food I tasted around Krusevo (apart from the traditional Macedonian food) is the fast food they have all around the town (at kiosks and "trafiki" as the locals call them). Not really restaurants. They have "Pomm Frit" which is french fries, but they serve it so nicely, in a triangular paper cup with a plastic fork and tomato sauce and...

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Krusevo Shopping

  • Kruševo Lokum, a Very Sweet Specialty

    Probably the most famous specialtiy here is the Kruševo Lokum. It is a delicious sweet made from honey and nuts. When you taste it the first time, watch out not to take too big a bite, as it is rather pasty and might stick to your teeth. The best (and probably only?) place to buy the "real" Kruševo Lokum is at the "Balkan" pastry shop.

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  • Handmade copperware

    Historically, Kruševo was famous for many traditional artisan trades, including the manufacture of tin-, copper- and silverware. Unfortunately, these zanaeti (traditional skilled trades) are slowly disappearing. In the center of Kruševo, though, there is still one shop left which sells beautiful handmade copperware.

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Krusevo Warnings and Dangers

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    by Vanity666 Updated Jan 17, 2011

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    Kruševo is full of narrow one-way streets, hills and many turns so you never know where you can meet some other vehicle going towards you. Be calm and patient, follow traffic rules and good manners while driving.

    And try to remember which way you came into town, so you don't end in someone's backyard like I did because I followed a group of cars assuming they're going out of the city, but they were going to a party :D

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Krusevo Off The Beaten Path

  • Paragliding place

    I think that this is the highest place where paragliders can make their take -off . I have been few times in Krusevo and always I could spot paragliders .

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  • The Mountain Villages: Dolno Divjaci

    Dolno Divjaci ("lower" Divjaci) is about halfway between Kruševo and Pusta Reka. It is a nice small village, but as most of these mountain villages, it also suffers from the migration into cities. Thus, today there are only a few, mainly older people living here.

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  • The Mountain Villages: Gorno Divjaci

    Gorno Divjaci is probably the most beautiful of the mountain villages around Kruševo. You can reach it by car in about 20 minutes or better, if you have time, in 2-3 hours on foot. Today only a few tens of inhabitants still live in the village and many of the houses are empty. Nevertheless, the village is very clean and well preserved - coming here...

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