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Штип е град во источниот дел на Република Македонија, во долината на реката Брегалница. Според пописот на населението од 2002, градот имал 40.016 (43.625) жители. Штип е и седиште на Штипската Општина и срце на источниот дел на државата. Штип е еден од најстарите градови во Македонија.

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Manastir Sveta Petka

This Monastery dedicated to St Petka is located outside of Stip, along the same road to the archeological site Bargala and Vrteska. It is located between Bargala and Vrteska.

There are several sources with holy water.

You can spend the night in this monastery.

We where there only shortly, on our way to Mountain Hut Vrteska.




 

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Crkva Svetog Djordja u Bargali

This early Christian Church dedicated to St George (Sveti Gorgi) is next to the argeological site Bargala, just outside its former defense walls.

It is from the 9th or 11th century, and was renovated in the 14th century.

When we were there in 2010, renovation of the frescoes was ongoing. You could clearly see 3 different layers of frescoes.

See the link below for pictures of the inside of the church.




 

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Arheolosko nalaziste Bargala

Bargala was one of the more important fortified towns in Macedonia in the Late Antiquity and early Byzantium. It was constructed between the 4th and 6th century AD.

Its name is related to the river Bregalnica.

The site is very well kept, not overgrown and easily accessible. In 2010 it was still free to visit.

We wandered over the site for almost 2 hours, before we got to the early medieval Church of St George, located right next to Bargala. There we met some men who were restoring the church. One of them, called Dobre, was the security guard of Bargala and he was so kind to give us a tour of the site. Only at that moment we understood what kind of buildings the ruins we had been looking at for two hours actually had been! In my travelogues in the link below you can find the descriptions of the ruins and what their purpose was in the past.

A month after our visit, several antique vessels and parts of the baths were vandalized, see the link to the storage rooms.

Some of the stuctures are:
Gate and wall
Basilica and Baptistery
Baths
Storage rooms
Court, Prison Cell, Altar and Mortuarium
Glass factory and Iron factory
Winery and Basilica Extra Muros
Water management
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Monument of the Jewish war victims

The monument was put up in 1985 by the artist Metodi Andonov from Stip.

It symbolizes the life of the Jewish people of Stip with a parabolic rising line, that was suddenly cut off on March 11th 1943, when the fascists brought 551 people to a concentration camp to die .


 

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Museum of Stip

We got a private tour of the museum of Stip, because we were the only visitors. (In fact, the staff seemed surprised that we came there to see the museum!)

The guide spoke some English, but it was a lot easier for him to speak Macedonian while my girlfriend was translating for me.

The museum contains a chronological collection of artefacts found in the surrounding areas. The remains (or a replica?) of the oldest Neolithic man in the Balkans and the oldest inhabitant of Macedonia (7000 BC) found at the site Grncharica are here on display.

It is worth a visit in my opinion (especially when it suddenly starts raining like in our case, it was a welcome and interesting shelter!).


 

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Clock Tower

The Clock Tower was built in the second half of the 17th century.

An inscription in the tower states:

The tower dates back to the year 1650. A Turkish Bey fell in love with a beautiful girl from Stip named Anka. He wanted her to become Turkish, and he was very persistent in that. In order to reject him, she once said that she would become Turkish, but he should leave something in return, as a beautiful memory to the town, for instance, one tower that would also be a town clock. Anka thought that the bey would give up on her love. However, the Turk who was infatuated with the beautiful Anka, built the tower in a short time period and took the girl with him.


 

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Church of St Archangel Michael on the hill

There are two churches dedicated to St Archangel Michael (St Arhangel Mihail), this one on the hill with the Isar Fortress, and a church close to the Museum of Stip.

This church of St St Archangel Michael was the first one of the four churches built around the Isar Fortress. It was built before 1332.

There is also a bell tower next to the church.

It was closed when we visited it. A man living nearby is supposed to have the key, but he was not there.






 

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Husa-Medin Pasha Mosque a.k.a. Church of St Ilija

This mosque was built on the foundations of a 13th or 14th century church dedicated to St Ilija, hence it is most often referred to as Sveti Ilija.

The mosque probably was built in the 16th or 17th century. We heard that the building never was used as a mosque though.

The entrances to the mosque are closed, and it is certainly not in use anymore...


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