Explore Prilep and it’s surroundings

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Old bazaar: 41.345787, 21.555432
Marko’s Towers: 41.361592, 21.538260
The \'Elephant\' rock: 41.358562, 21.540869
Tobacco museum: 41.366968, 21.514039
Info center Prilep: 41.345583, 21.552801
Holy Transfiguration Monastery - Zrze: 41.521572, 21.342819
Assumption of Virgin Mary monastery - Treskavec: 41.404153, 21.537975
St. Michael the Archangel monastery - Varosh: 41.357572, 21.530790
St. Nicholas monastery - Manastir: 41.167955, 21.730818
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Old bazaar

Old bazaar

Old bazaarSituated in the heart of the city, the old bazaar in Prilep is the center of all major happenings, and it bares the soul of the city. The numerous small craftsmen stores, restaurants with traditional food, the old Clock tower, the warm people and the pleasant energy that circulates around makes this place a must-see.

GPS - 41.345787, 21.555432
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Marko’s Towers

Marko’s Towers

Marko’s TowersOne of the most beautiful and definitely most impressive sites in the area around Prilep are the Marko's Towers. These natural rock formations which date more than 300 million years ago, rise high above the city and through history they have been strongholds of many kingdoms in this region - amongst which, that of king Volkasin and his son Marko. Today these enormous and unique rock formations are on the UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage and in Macedonia the site is declared a natural monument.

GPS - 41.361592, 21.538260
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The 'Elephant' rock

The "Elephant" rock

The In the granite stones scattered through the landscape and the Marko’s Towers you can find different kinds of formations and shapes. One of the most characteristic is the rock called Elephant which is located close to the city. The Elephant is 8 meters tall and there are different believes that it has been used for religious ceremonies by the ancestors.
In the previous years of Krali Marko Trails, this place was the start and finish of the race.

GPS - 41.358562, 21.540869
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Tobacco museum

Tobacco museum

Tobacco museumAccording to some historical information tobacco was brought to Prilep some 500 years ago, and till this day, the agriculture of this plant in the region is of paramount importance. Therefore Prilep is known as "the city of tobacco," and here you have the opportunity to visit the only museum in the Balkans of this kind and one of the largest and best equipped museums of tobacco in the world. It was formed in 1973, and it has about 1700 exhibits related to the cult of enjoying tobacco.

GPS - 41.366968, 21.514039
Source: http://macedonia.for91days.com/the-tobacco-museum-of-prilep/
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Info center Prilep

Info center Prilep

 Info center PrilepGPS - 41.345583, 21.552801
Source: http://prilep-bouldering.com/guidebook/buy-in-prilep/
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Holy Transfiguration Monastery - Zrze

Holy Transfiguration Monastery - Zrze

Holy Transfiguration Monastery - ZrzeHoly Transfiguration Monastery - Zrze is located 34 kilometers away from Prilep, at altitude of 1000 meters, on the foothills of Mount Dautica. Its location enables a magnificent view over the whole field Prilep.
The monastery was built in the middle of the fourteenth century in the time of Emperor Stefan Dusan. Dominant church in the monastery complex is the Holy Transfiguration, and in the surrounding area there are three churches and several cave churches. Near the monastery is located and rich archaeological sites dating from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

GPS - 41.521572, 21.342819
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Assumption of Virgin Mary monastery - Treskavec

Assumption of Virgin Mary monastery - Treskavec

DSC_0100_DSC_0102The Assumption of Virgin Mary monastery - Treskavec is situated 14 km from Prilep, at 1280 meters sea level, right under the Zlatovrv peak (1422 meters above sea level). Raised high above the rocks it gives out a wonderful view of the surroundings and the mountain slopes around Pelagonia, that's why even from the antic periods this place had a significant strategic position.
All three races from the Krali Marko Trails event pass through this location.

GPS - 41.404153, 21.537975
Photo: Boris Gadjowsky
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St. Michael the Archangel monastery - Varosh

St. Michael the Archangel monastery - Varosh

St. Michael the Archangel monastery - VaroshThe Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel is located in Varosh, near Prilep. The monastery complex is located on the slopes of Marko’s Towers. Inside the monastery there is a church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel and two hospices.
This monastery is notable for the well preserved frescoes of medieval Macedonian rulers Volkasin and Marko, who appear as founders of the monastery.

GPS - 41.3575715, 21.5307901
Source: https://mk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Варошки_Манастир#/
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St. Nicholas monastery - Manastir

St. Nicholas monastery - Manastir

St. Nicholas monastery - ManastirSt. Nicholas monastery is located 45 km from the town of Prilep in the village Manastir. It is an important spiritual center for the whole area of Mariovo, which is experiencing an exodus in the last 50 years.
The first phase of construction of the monastery began in 1095 and today's appearance received in 1266. Recent archaeological research shows that the monastery complex and the village monastery were medieval center of the whole area. It is confirmed by many artifacts found and discovered bones of monks in the monastery yard.

GPS - 41.1679553, 21.7308175
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