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    Gabrovo Waterfalls

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Gabrovo is a village south-east of Strumia.

    The waterfalls of Gabrovo are less spectacular than the Smolari Waterfalls and the Koleshino Waterfalls, but certainly worth a visit.

    There are some good picnic opportunities. In the summer the air is cool and the trees provide shadow.

    You can park at the small roundabout. If you go left at the roundabout, you go to the main waterfalls. This is a walk of about 1 km and an elevation of 80 meters that will take about 20 minutes.

    If you walk right at the roundabout, you arrive at a smaller waterfall and some picnic places after a few minutes.

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    Church of St Konastantin and Elena in Mokrino

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    Mokrino is a village south-east of Strumica.

    The Church of St Konstantin and Elena lies in the center of the village.

    It dates from 1876. The Saint's day is on August 3rd.

    You can also visit the Mokrino Springs when you are here.

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    Mokrino Springs

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    Mokrino is a village south-east of Strumica.

    About 1.5 km east from the center of Mokrino there is a area with some springs. Mokro means "wet" in Macedonian.

    There's not much to see except from some huge old trees with huge roots and some water coming from the ground.

    But it is a very tranquil and cool place, perfect for a picnic.

    Forty liters of water flow from the three Mokrino springs every second. The temperature of the water is always the same and is not affected by the outside weather.

    Some think that the springs are connected with Dorjan Lake, which is located on the other side of the mountain, but no one has investigated this theory.

    Every year on the 2nd August, a bull is sacrificed at the springs and cooked on a fire. This ritual is performed in order for the spring not to go dry, which happened once in the past after skipping the ritual.

    The Church of St Konstantin and Elena in Mokrino is also worth a visit.

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    Koleshino Waterfalls

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    Kaleshino is a village south-east of Strumica. It is know for it's waterfalls.

    Especially on a hot summer day, a visit to the waterfalls can be really relaxing. The forest around the waterfalls is nice and cool.

    There are several good picnic places on the site.

    The last part of the road is not asphalted. From the parking, it is about 1 km walking, elevation about 80 m.

    You can walk a bit further upstream from the main waterfall, there are some more smaller waterfalls as well.

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    Old Mosque in Banica

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Banica is a village about 3 km north-west from the center of Strumica.

    This old mosque can be found close to the Tomb of Struma.

    We asked if we could enter to see the inside, but that was not possible. Most likely because the mosque seems to be used as a stable or storage of the people living next to it :-)

    Next to the old mosque is a temple, where we were allowed to see the graves/tombes of the Muslim saints.

    The ruins of a Turkish bath are in the vicinity of the mosque.

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    Ruins of a Turkish Bath near Banica

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    Banica is a village about 3 km north-west from the center of Strumica.

    These ruins of a Turkish Bath can be found close to the Tomb of Struma, in the fields just north of Banica.

    There is also an old mosque nearby.

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    Struma Tomb near Banica

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    Banica is a village about 3 km north-west from the center of Strumica.

    The Tomb of Struma is found in the fields just north of Banica.

    It is a medieval tomb, that looks like a mausoleum and consists of 9 layers.

    There are three legends about the origin of the tomb:

    1) Struma, the sister of King Marko
    2) the sister of Perseus, a relative of Alexander the Great
    3) Struma, the daughter of a commander of the fortress Czar’s Towers fell in love with the commander of the enemy. She told him the secret how to defeat her father troops in the impregnable fortress. Struma's father was so angry after his defeat that he cursed his daughter. After her death, the earth would not take her but throw her out of her grave eight times. Hence the 9 stone layers of the tomb.

    Several versions exist of the last legend, you can read about them in detail in the booklet "Some legends about Struma" by Vanja Izova Veleva that you can get for free in the City Hall of Strumica.

    Nowadays, the top of the tomb is broken and a tree grows out of it...What a shame!

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    Ruins of a mosque

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    The ruins of this mosque are located on a Turkish cemetery near Bansko.

    Bansko is about 12 km south-east of Strumica.

    It is next to the road from Bansko to Svidovica, on your right if you're traveling towards Svidovica.

    Nearby, you can visit the ruins of a Turkish Bath and the ruins of the Church of the 40 Martyrs from Sebastea.

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    Ruins of a Turkish Bath near Bansko

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    These are the ruins of an old Turskih Bath near Bansko, about 12 km south-west of Strumica.

    It is situated in the middle of a field and completely overgrown. The roof is almost completely gone.

    If you enter, you can still see the piping in the walls at some places. Probably also this bath used the water from the Parilo hot spring.

    A friendly local brought it to our attention when we informed how to get to the ruins of the Church of the 40 Martyrs of Sebastea.

    If you click on the coordinates below, you can -sort of- see it from the air in Google Earth...

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    Church of the 40 Martyrs of Sebastea Ruins

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    The foundations of the Church of the 40 Martyrs of Sebastea are about 12 km south-west of Strumica, somewhere in the fields near the village Bansko.

    This church was form the 12th-13th century, but work on it also had been performed during the Ottoman period.

    Near the church a necropolis was discovered originating from the 13th century.

    We found the ruins with the help of a very friendly local, who also showed us the ruins of a Turkish Bath and an old mosque.

    If you click on the coordinates below, you can see the shape of the church from the sky in Google Earth...

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    Old Turkish Baths in Bansko

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    Next to the site with the Roman Baths in Bansko is a former Turkish Bath.

    This was closed in 2005, and the building now appears to be in use as one huge public toilet.

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    Roman Baths near Bansko

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    About 12 km south-east of Strumica you can find well conserved ruins of an ancient Roman bath house, which was a thermal spa. They are located near the village Bansko.

    This bath house dates back to the 3rd and 4th centuries.

    The bath house used the thermal mineral water of the spring Parilo located next to the baths. This spring has a capacity of 42 l/s at a constant temperature of 72 degrees Celcius.

    The site was discovered in 1978 during the construction of the Czar Samuil Hotel.

    So far 11 rooms of the spa have been discovered.

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    Statue of Goce Delchev

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 10, 2013
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    This statue of the famous Macedonian revolutionary Goce Delchev (1872-1903) was erected to commemorate his 100th birthday and his frequent visits to Strumica..

    It is a huge statue, over 5 meters high.

    The text on the statue says: "I understand the world only as a field for cultural competition between the nations"

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    Orta Mosque

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    The Orta Mosque was built in 1614 AD on the foundations of a church dating from the 11-12th century.

    This church burnt down in the 13th century, and a necropolis was built on the same place which was used from the Middle Ages up until 17th century.

    The model that can be seen on the pictures shows how the mosque is located with respect to the old church.

    The Orta Mosque was closed, and I am not sure if you can still see the underlying church from the inside of the mosque, although I have seen pictures of it.

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    Strumica City Hall and Tourist Information

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    The city hall of Strumica is located in a nice building in the center of the city.

    It was built between 1926-1931 and had the role of the first brothel in Strumica.

    The Tourist Information is on the 3rd floor, rooms 8-10.

    They can provide you with several free English booklets and maps, among which

    -A very informative colorful 50-page guide about the cultural and historical heritage of Strumica,
    -A booklet called "Some legends about Struma" about the Struma Tomb
    -A 30-page booklet called "On the way of ancestors" which describes the Czar's Towers in very much detail.

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