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Kumanovo is one of Macedonia’s larger cities located in the middle of a 35 km long valley to the northeast of Skopje. It is well known for its unique blend of Serbian and Macedonian culture evidenced by the feisty fun-loving Kumanovci (as the residents are called). The city and its outlying villages represent Macedonia’s exceptional multi-ethnic blend containing as they do Albanian, Roman, Serbian and Turkish minorities.
One can recognize Kumanovo’s joviality each year on the 14th of January in the city square where the dzamalari, masked revelers from the village of Orashec traditionally perform. This raucous winter celebration is believed to be more than ten centuries old.
Today, Kumanovo is a modern city where new offices, houses and restaurants constantly pop-up and add up to the city’s charming look. It is well-outfitted with sports grounds, theatres, internet cafés and eateries and, is especially famous throughout the country for its nightlife.
Apart from these modern touches Kumanovo has many historical features. Some 19th century stone houses remain till this very day and the center of the town is filled with labyrinthine alleyways bringing little homes together. Houses are covered by the trademark terra cotta tiled Macedonian roofs. The city square as well as some other buildings still carries the old Yugoslavian looks.
A unique aspect of the Kumanovo experience is its mineral water springs, located in the southern end of the city. People come here regularly filling up bottles of mineral-rich water which is good not only for drinking but also for cleansing the eyes and skin. In its carbonated form, this water is sold throughout Macedonia by the name of ‘Kumanovka’.
Beljakovo monastery – In the Beljakovce village, on the site of today’s monastery dedicated to St. Gjorgjija, an old church and a spring of water with healing power were located. Today the church is very well preserved while the monastic quarters are almost destroyed. The locals claim that the church was built in Roman times, and was restored more than 100 years ago. According to the recollections of the elderly locals the monastic life was renewed by a Russian monk Anatolij who retreated in Macedonia after the October Revolution. The rites of Christianity related to some holidays like Mala Bogorodica, Gjurgjovden, Holy Trinity and Duhovden are performed even today on the monastery grounds. A large congregation was held here about 30 years ago where people from all surrounding villages would join in. The locals tell the story of the church restoration: “It was a Roman church, and later restored. The Turks wouldn’t let us build a church”. They donated money for the restoration of the church. It was finished in 1894. In the past century, there was an old man, Stamen, who moved in here from the Rudare village and he would heal people who would come for remedy using the mineral water from the springs.
 

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Sokolana Kumanovo is officially in use delivered on September 6, 1931. The original purpose of the place where Sokolanata Sokolskoto Society of Kumanovo - will develop sport and recreation in Kumanovo ... Sokolanata is built on the draft of the arch. Momir Gorunovikj and engineer Vladimir Antonov (then Municipal Engineer ...)... Built a few years and is the style of many companies around Sokolski Kraljevija former Yugoslavia ... The initial purpose of physical education, old Kumanovo remembered After many dances that are organized in the Kumanovo Sokolana



 

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Spomen-kosturnica na brdu Zebrnjaku

Spomen-kosturnica na brdu Zebrnjaku je bilo monumentalno i trijumfalno spomen obeležje podignuto u slavu i čast poginulim srpskim vojnicima tokom Kumanovkse bitke u Prvom balkanskom ratu 1912. godine. Srpska vojska je pobedila tursku vojsku i time označila početak oslobođenja Jugoistočne Evrope od Otomanske imperije. Spomen-obeležje je najznačajnije ostvarenje beogradskog arhitekte Momira Korunovića i bio je najmonumentalniji vojni memorijal na prostorima središnjeg Balkana. Spomenik je podignut 1937. godine na lokalitetu samog bojišta - brdu Zebrnjak kod Kumanova u tada Vardarskoj banovini u Kraljevini Jugoslaviji, a danas Republici Makedoniji. Vojnim snagama od oko 90.000 vojnika komandovao je kraljevski prestolonaslednik Aleksandar I Karađorđević. Ovom bitkom je odlučen Prvi balkanski rat. Nanet je težak, presudan poraz turskoj vojsci, posle čega je usledio završni izgon Otomanske imperije s juga Balkana. U spomen-kosturnici, počivaju posmrtni ostaci 678 poginulih srpskih vojnika, u čast i slavu srpskim vojnicima junacima Kumanovske bitke. Pobedom u Kumanovskoj bici Srpska vojska odredila je ishod Prvog balkanskog rata i time ostvarila viševekovnu težnju srpskog naroda za oslobođenje Kosova i Metohije od otomanske vlasti. Danas se spomenik nalazi u ruiniranom stanju, jer ga je bugarski okupator Makedonije porušio tokom Drugog svteskog rata.
 
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