There are three things about Kratovo that make people remember this town: it lies on an extinguished volcano, disposes of 13 towers (out of which 6 remained) connected to underground corridors, and has many bridges, the most famous being the Radin Most that tells a legend of three brothers who were trying to build the bridge, but it fell apart the very first night. A local prophet told them that in order for the bridge to stand, they had to sacrifice one of their brides. The brothers sat down that evening and agreed that whoever’s wife would come the following morning, she would be sacrificed and thrown in the foundations of the bridge. The two older brothers told their wives about the plan, but the youngest did not. His wife Rada was the first one to come the following morning and was thrown in the foundation of the bridge by the two older brothers, hence the bridge got its name Radin Most (Rada’s Bridge). Kratovo is also worth visiting for it is believed to be the place where first coins originated.
Berovo is a town with the highest concentration of oxygen on the Balkans. The relief is predominantly mountainous, and the flat areas are situated around the riverbeds of the Bregalnica river that makes this town perfect for both summer and winter vacation. It is famous for the first church built in 1818 that later became a female monastery of St. Archangel Michael and the Berovo museum where the first national school was open. If you happen to be there on the 28th of August, you won’t miss the Ethno Square Festival, which is the most famous festival in the whole region. Not very far from Berovo is the wonderful Berovo lake surrounded with pine trees that rests ones eyes and leaves a feeling of peace.
The monastery complex of Vodocha consists of 3 churches (East, West and Central) and therefore, reflects the rich spiritual and cultural life shown on this territory. Due to archaeological excavations, over 1000 graves with jewelry and ceramics dating back to XIV-XIX century have been discovered in the complex. On the other hand, the monastery church in Veljusa has kept its original and unique Byzantine architecture. It is famous for the fresco technique, mosaic and sculpture engraved in the shallow relief of the marble parts of the iconostas.
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