Veles Travel Guide

  • Pcinja River Gorge
    Pcinja River Gorge
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  • Church of St Nikola
    Church of St Nikola
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  • Monastery of St Dimitrija
    Monastery of St Dimitrija
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Veles Things to Do

  • Pcinja River Gorge

    The Pcinja River Gorge, lies about 12 miles outside of Veles. The river that carved this gorge is a 128 km (79 miles), is a tributary of the Vardar River, and flows through Serbia and Macedonia.The gorge contains spectacular limestone cliffs, as well as ruined castles, and a small monastery built into one of the cliffs.If anything the gorge...

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  • Veles Kale Fortress Ruins

    The ruins of a fortress ("kale" in Macedonian) are located on a hill about 2 km south of the center of Veles, on the right (west) bank of the river Vardar.I found some information that this place has been inhabited since 2500 BC, also was used in Roman times and was a powerful acropolis in the 5th and 6th century.Graves and a cemetery church from...

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  • Church of St Nikola

    The Church of St Nikola (St Nicholas) is located less than 2 km south of the center of Veles, on the right (west) bank of the Vardar River.The church is from the 14th century.Above the church is a grave monument. The caretaker of the church told us that there are the remains of about 12 people, whose skeletons were found on the church ground. He...

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  • Monastery of St Dimitrija

    The Monastery of St Dimitrija (St Demetrius or St Dimitri) is located less than 2 km south of the center of Veles, on the right (west) bank of the Vardar River.The monastery is from the 14th century, but was buried for almost 500 years during the Ottoman period. Its actual appearance is from 1855. If you want to visit the monastery, make sure you...

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  • Church of St Nedela

    The Church of St Nedela (St Sunday) is located less than 2 km south of the center of Veles, on the right (west) bank of the Vardar River.It was closed when we were there. I read that the church is from the 14th century.Close to the church is one of the strangest toilets I have ever seen. It drains directly onto the cliff it is standing on. And if...

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  • Chapel of St Ana

    The Chapel dedicated to St Ana (St Anna) is located less than 2 km south of the center of Veles, on the right (west) bank of the Vardar River.It is right next to the road and is built around a water tap.Although this chapel is located a bit out of the center, it is worth going here since nearby you can also find the ruins of the Veles Fortess Kale...

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  • Church of St Petka

    The Church of St Petka is located less than 2 km south of the center of Veles, on the right (west) bank of the Vardar River.The church was built recently, when we were there in 2012 the inside was not finished yet.Although it is located out of the center, it is worth going here since nearby you can also find the ruins of the Veles Fortess Kale as...

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  • Monastery of St Jovan Veterski (I)

    There is a small parking on the road from Skopje to Veles near Vetersko, with a little shop selling religious items, a water source and some small chapels. The shop belongs to the Monastery of St Jovan, which is located a 5-10 minutes steep walk uphill on the other side of the road.This small monastery is not mentioned in any of the guidebooks we...

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  • New Church

    This new church was not finished yet when we were there in 2010.I do not know to which saint it will be dedicated...

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  • Statue of Koco Racin

    Koco Racin (1908-1943) was a Macedonian revolutionary and poet, who is considered a founder of modern Macedonian literature. He was born in Veles.

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  • Monument for the Ilinden Rebels of Veles

    This monument is for the rebels of Veles, who participated in the liberation of Krusevo, during the Ilinden uprising in August 1903.

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  • Monument of the Thessaloniki Dynamiters

    The 12 pipes symbolize the 12 dynamiters who bombed Western companies in Thessaloniki in April 1903. The Thessaloniki bombings were an attempt to draw Europe's attention to the Macedonian issue. Macedonia was occupied by the Ottomans in that time.Ironically, the Turks mistook it to be the beginning of a general uprising in Macedonia and conducted...

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  • Church of St Pantelejmon (II)

    Some pictures of the inside of the Church of St Pantelejmon.The frescoes and icons were created by Gjorgji Damjanov and Gjorgji Jakov Zografski.

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  • Church of St Pantelejmon (I)

    The Church of St Pantelejmon was built in 1840 by the master-builder Andreja Damjanov, who also built the Church of St Bogorodica in Stip.For Macedonian standards, it is a surprisingly large and high church, with thee floors.The frescoes and icons were created by Gjorgji Damjanov and Gjorgji Jakov Zografski.A water source can be found next to the...

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  • Monastery of St Bogorodica (II)

    More pictures of the Monastery of St Bogorodica near Vetersko.

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  • Monastery of St Bogorodica (I)

    There is a small parking on the road from Skopje to Veles near Vetersko, with a little shop selling religious items, a water source and some small chapels. The shop belongs to the Monastery of St Jovan Veterski, which is located a 5-10 minutes steep walk uphill on the left side of the road.On the right side of the road, in the valley next to the...

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  • Monastery of St Jovan Veterski (II)

    Some more pictures of the Monastery of St Jovan Veterski near Veles

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  • Castle at the Pcinja River

    On our way from Skopje to Veles, we saw this castle on a hill on the right side of the road and we stopped on the small parking in front of it. It was not mentioned in any of the guidebooks we had. The site was closed off with a fence, but it was not hard to get in anyway. The site is pretty much overgrown (wear pants that cover your legs) and you...

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  • WWII Monument

    This monument is to commemorate the fighters from the area of Veles, who perished for the liberation of the Macedonian people during WWII.The monument looks like a poppy flower and inside the monument a blossoming tree symbolizes liberty.

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  • Clock Tower

    The tower was constructed in the 16th century as an observatory post for the Ottomans. In the 18th century it was transformed into a clock tower.It is the landmark of Veles, and depicted both on the flag and the coat of arms of Veles.

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  • City Park

    The City Park of Veles has some nice fountains.Ideal place to sit on one of the benches in the shadow of the large trees on a hot day.

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  • Church of St George

    We found this small church dedicated to Sveti Gorgi when we entered Veles. It is on the east bank of the river Vardar.Somebody living nearby opened it for us. In case you want to try to find they key: Key of the church = klucot od crkvata, pronounced "klutsjot od serkvata". It is a good habit to leave some denars in the church, or to buy some...

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  • Lake Veles

    Lake Veles is situated about 10km from the city, and there is a Hotel Romantique on it's coast where you can take a swim in it's pool. You can relax on the beach, take a swim, or you can get a boat tour on the lake...

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  • The International Folklore Festival

    The long tradition of the cares for Macedonian folklore animates the culture workers of Veles to found the international Festival of folklore „Veles“. The first edition of the festival is realized in 2004 with the participation of the folklore ensembles of the Macedonia, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Serbia and Monte Negro. The festival attracts the...

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  • Memorial “Kosturnica”

    The imposing monument is built in 1979 in the entry of the town of Veles, on it's right side. It remains an eternal tomb of a hundred revolutionaries of Veles, which during the Second World War succumbed in the name of the realization of the old dream for freedom of the Macedonian people. The monument built in shape of poppy flower is work of...

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  • Statue of Petre Prlicko

    He is known as one of the greatest actors in the history of the art, film and Macedonian theater. He was born in Veles as Perica Aleksik, in 1905. The magic of the theater seized him in 1923, when the traveling theater of Mihailo Lazik arrived in Veles. With a tremendous desire and drive to participate in this world of magic, he dedicated the next...

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  • Statue of Panko Brashnar

    Brashnar is considered one of the greatest Macedonian revolutionaries. He was born in Veles in 1883 and survived some of the most serious crises in Macedonian history from the Ilinden events through the Balkan wars and both World Wars. He collaborated with Glavinov and participated in the activities of the of the socialist organization here in...

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  • Statue of Dimce Mircev

    Dimce Mircev is Macedonian national hero that lived from 1914-1944. He was killed in Second World War.

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  • Monument of Ilinden rebels

    “Duke on a horse”, placed in the center of the city, placed between old city clock tower and the monument of Koco Racin, dedicated to dukes of Veles, participants in Krusevo liberation and creating a famous Republic of Krusevo: Jovan Naumov – Alabakot, Aleksandar Dimov – Dokurcev, Todor Hristov – Oficerceto and all fighters for Macedonian...

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  • Statues of Koco Solev Racin

    Koco Solev Racin is the most revered poet and is the founder of Macedonia’s modern poetry. Born in Veles in 1908 to a poor family, Ratcin was encouraged by his parents to study art and literature His father Apostol was a poor potter who taught Ratcin the pottery trade. In his youth, Ratcin participated in the progressive movement that propagated a...

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