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King Marko's Towers

Vishne, Prilep, Macedonia (FYROM)
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King Marko's towers in Prilep  Prilep  Macedonia (FYROM)

King Marko's towers in Prilep

Marko's Towers are situated to the northwest of Prilep, Macedonia just above the village of Varoš. The towers of Macedonian medieval Prince Marko are located on a 120-180 m high hill, surrounded by steep slopes covered with minute granite stones. The upper part of the former settlement can be reached from its north and south side.

During the four-decade archaeological research, remnants indicating the existence of an early antique settlement — Keramija, were found. In the Roman period, this small village expanded into the southwest, a fact suggested by the several marble ornaments of an early Christian basilica.

After the death of King Marko, in 1395, this settlement was taken by the Ottoman guards, and because of that, life in it completely perished. The inhabitants of the former settlement looked for refuge in the near regions. Consequently, at the foot of Marko's towers, a settlement with a rarefied structure developed. It was separated into several quarters and each had its own church. This new settlement from the 14th century was given the name Varoš which is still in use today.