Vinica Travel Guide

  • Vinica seen from the Fortress
    Vinica seen from the Fortress
    by Pijlmans
  • Vinica seen from the Fortress
    Vinica seen from the Fortress
    by Pijlmans
  • Vinica seen from the Fortress
    Vinica seen from the Fortress
    by Pijlmans

Vinica Things to Do

  • The famous Vinica Terracottas

    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".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...

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  • Vinica Fortress

    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...

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  • Basilica at Gorica

    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...

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  • A line of trees and a wall ...

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • The Romans and their wine ...

    Our guide told us the following story: -------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!--------It's a good story -- you decide!

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  • Looking closely again ...

    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 ...

    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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  • More ruins at the Kale

    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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Vinica Warnings and Dangers

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    by shrimp56 Updated Sep 23, 2003

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    We were told that it was only a 100 meters walk. That's true if you have a rugged 4 wheel terrain vehicle that can negotiate the rock studded, rutted dirt road. For the rest of us it's more like a 20 minute walk. The good news is that the grade isn't too bad, the bad news is it's rutted and rocky. Don't wear sandals!
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Vinica Off The Beaten Path

  • A deserted farm

    In this picture you can see deserted farm buildings as well as the road itself. As you can see the road wasn't steep, but it was rocky.

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  • Beehives in the woods

    If you look carefully you will see a spot of blue among the trees. These were beehives. The view looks out over the area where rice is raised.

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  • The Road to Kale ...

    Despite the uneven terrain, the views were wonderful. The views varied from grazing land to mountains to rice fields.

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