Resen Things to Do
This little air-conditioned building is the tourist information / souvenir shop in Resen. They could tell us that there really isn't anything to do in Resen (which basically is true :-)But they can give you information on the surrounding sights.There are numerous replica's of statues and artifact for sale here as well. The air-conditioning would be...more
The Women's Monastery St Bogorodica (Holy Mother of God) is a few kilometers from Resen, near the village Jankovec.According to the Bradt Guide Macedonia (2012) there is a group of nuns that does fresco painting and other crafts in the monastery. However, these fresco-painting nuns left the monastery already around 2003 if not earlier, so we were...more
This church is dedicated to St George.It is likely from the 19th century, on one of the sites there is a sculpture in the wall with 7 people with black faces, a language that is not modern Macedonian and the year 1834.Please let me know if you have more info about this church since I cannot find something online...more
Every year in August artists from all over the world attend the Ceramic Colony in Resen. The colony was founded in 1973.The ceramic pieces that are produced by the artists, are on display in Saraj. It was funny to see that there were several Dutch artists as well, with their names spelled in Macedonian next to their pieces.Entrance to the...more
A very nice surprise for us in the Saraj building was the permanent exposition of the painter Keratza Visulceva (1910-2004).Keratza Visulceva is a Bulgarian painter from Macedonian decent. During the Balkan wars her family moved to Bulgaria and she she graduated at the Sofia Fine Arts Academy. By constantly repeating that she is Macedonian she got...more
In the building Saraj (palace) in Resen there is a small museum with for instance several findings from the now uninhabited island Golem Grad in Lake Prespa on display.Most items are just standing in the corridors of the first floor of the building. In the hallway there are two old wooden boats made from a tree.I am not sure if there is more on...more
This interesting building was built from 1905-1922 by the Ottoman "bey", Ahmed Niyazi Bey. The story goes that he received a postcard from Versailles (France) and wanted to have a house similar to the palace on the postcard.Ahmed Niyazi Bey died in 1912 so he did not see the building when it was finished.Saraj perhaps is the most famous sight to...more
Just walk through the city center. Between Ploshtad Marshal Tito and the market place you'll find some places whith humpa-stumpa, but there is also a place where folk music was sung.
And the place is not expensive! In not so many places you would find Macedonian strong drinks for 30 denar. You can also eat in that place.
Getting to Resen is not difficult. At least from Ohrid or Bitola it is no problem while not too late.
At bus stations they may explain you vainly from where the bus comes and where it ends, but never know about buses from other bus stations not going to the same.
But there ARE buses to the Prespa lake! It seems recommendable to plan the trip from monday to friday, because there are more buses. One of the guys selling ticktes speaks English. The director (see picture) seems to have left long ago from his office in front of the toilets.
There are lines going to Stenje (recommendable for bathing) and Asamati (near Ezerani)
From Asamati it passes also through Brajcino.
Don't waste your money for taxis.Related to:
- National/State Park
At least on saturday morning you will find all seasonal fruits and vegetables on the not so small place. There are some sorts hardly to be found in other places. The pepper sort shown on the second picture was not known by a Macedonian living in the north of the country.
The small fruits having similarity to pears are called oskorushi in macedonian and üvez in Turkisch. In Germany they are known as Speierling and added to the applejuice intended to become wine (Äppelwoi).
Ripened in the south (this ones were collected in the mountains near Ohrid) they get a very aromatic taste like tropical fruits.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Resen Sports & Outdoors
Those players who were playing in the team "Prespa Resen" had established another club in 1969 and gave the name "Yýldýrým" to their new team which meant thunder in Turkish language. Because of the political pressure in 1980s after Tito's death in Yugoslavia, the name of the team was transformed in "Bratsvo Resen". Bratsvo and Jedinstvo... Two words of Tito literally means "Brotherhood and Unity". So, this was a very good reply of Resen people by calling their team "Bratsvo".
In fact, the name signifies the background of good relations between Makedonian and Turkish people.
When the team was established, Bratsvo Resen had green-white colors. But, just after the successes of Galatasaray in European Cups, the team changed its colors to Red-yellow.
Currently, Bratsvo Resen struggles in Makedonijan third division, but looking forward to go up by keeping their players. Most of the players go to better teams. For example: In the current squad of "Pelister Bitola" there are 4 players from Bratsvo Resen.
I hope they will be successful soon, and I wish luck to Tarkan, Sebaeddin Nasuf (Chairman of the club), and Hamdi Tahir for their great friendly hospitality in Bitola.
Photo: Resen's "stadium"