Bitola is a town in Western Macedonia famous for the ruins of the ancient city of Heraklea that date back to the Hellenistic period. During the early Byzantine period, it became an important episcopal center, while in the late 6th century, it suffered successive attacks by the Slavic tribes who eventually settled there along with most of the northern Balkans region.
Krushevo is the home of Meckin Kamen (Bear Stone) that tells a legend of several brothers who lived there and worked with agriculture and life stock. One day, coming back from the hill, the brothers were confronted by a big bear. The brave people of Krushevo were not afraid, and they attacked the bear. The bear rolled a rock down the hill towards the brothers, but they managed to kill it with their axes. The rock, which was rolled by the bear, has become known as Mechkin Kamen (Bear’s Rock) by the people and has remained as such. In addition, Krushevo is famous for the Makedonium museum, which is a historical and aesthetic monument that marks the Ilinden Uprising i.e. the fight, insubordination and aspiration of the Macedonian people to create free and independent state, and the Tose Proeski Museum, which gives a chronological view of the childhood, the teenage years and the artistic career of the late Macedonian legendary singer Tose Proeski, who also sponsored the construction of the St. Preobrazenie monastery (The Holy Ascention monastery).
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