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    Vinica Fortress
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    Vinica Kale
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    The famous Vinica Terracottas

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Joshua , Caleb and the stopped sun!

    You certainly must see these, but they're not in Vinica -- they're in the Archeological section of the Museums of Macedonia in Skopje. If they are not "on tour"
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    Here's a quote from the news site below:
    "Some of the icons from the 6th and 7th centuries A.D., though the majority are from the 9th century, when the territory of modern Macedonia was part of the Roman Empire. Though composed in Byzantine styles, the icons have inscriptions in Latin. The rare icons are thought to be artifacts of an early campaign to Christianize the region. "

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    Vinica Fortress

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 26, 2010
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    The Vinica Fortress, or Vinica Kale, is located on a hill overlooking the village Vinica.

    The site is (being) renovated and certainly worth a visit.

    Vinica is famous for the 6th en 7th century Terracotta Icons that were found here in the 1980's.

    In the middle of the fortress there is a very high metal watchtower. If you dare to climb it, it gives you an excellent overview of the site. Not for those with vertigo!

    See my travelogue in the link below for overview pictures taken from the tower.

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    Basilica at Gorica

    by Pijlmans Written Sep 4, 2010
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    The archeological site Gorica is just outside of Vinica.

    Gorica was a settlement in the 4th-6th century. Artifacts in the form of stamps that served as tools for sealing have been found here. There are indications that there were furnaces for pottery at this site.

    All that you can see now, are the remains of a Basilica.

    When we visited in 2010, most of the Basilica was overgrown with thorny blackberries and grapes.

    It is on your right site of the road from Kocani to Vinica, just before you enter Vinica. You cannot see it from the road, but a good landmark is the blue building on the left site of the road towards Vinica. See the pictures.

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    The Romans and their wine ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    Me, our guide & a friend

    Our guide told us the following story:
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    The Romans decided that the land was good for growing grapes for wine, so they cleared the hills and planted. According to the story they planted so much that there was no way they could drink all of it, so the bricks on the Kale were made with wine as the liquid!
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    It's a good story -- you decide!

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    More ruins at the Kale

    by shrimp56 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    This picture gives you a good idea of how extensive the settlement/fortress was. The bulk of the icons were uncovered in 1984-85. Testing shows that they are made from clay of the Vinica region, thus locally made.

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    A line of trees and a wall ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    The ruins at Vinica

    The trees are obviously younger than the wall. This photo again gives a sense of how beautiful the location is. The Romans chose well for defense, which provides us with a great view!

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    The Vinsko Kale

    by shrimp56 Updated May 5, 2004

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    The first terracota icon fragments were found here in 1978. The site is quite large, walled on 3 sides, with many buildings inside the walls.

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    Plostad Vinica

    by shrimp56 Updated May 5, 2004

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    Another view of the Macedonian "sun" that forms the design of the city square. Eastern Macedonian tends to be less ethnically diverse than the center and west of the country.

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    A view towards Vinica

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 1, 2003

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    In this photo you can see both the town of Vinica, population around 12,000, and the rice fields in the distance. A lot of Macedonia's rice is grown in this region.

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    Roman ruins

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 1, 2003

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    There are surprisingly few columns or other bits of marble lying around. This may be because this was primarily a fortress.

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    Looking closely again ...

    by shrimp56 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    The hole you see in the ground would normally be covered with sand. It was where weapons were hidden. Again you can see the terracotta rim.

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    Looking closely ...

    by shrimp56 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    terracotta pipe

    If you look down you will notice many different details. Here you can see the filled outline of what was a terracotta pipe, probably for water.

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    The Vinica Municipal Building

    by shrimp56 Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    Plostad Vinica

    Vinica is a rather undistiguished city in eastern Macedonia. One of its largest industries is in textile and clothing manufacture.

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