Prilep is a city in Western Macedonia nicknamed "The city under Marko’s towers", alluding to its fortress. The city of 76,768 is the Macedonian tobacco capital.

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St. Nikola Church

– one of the loveliest churches in Macedonia is this small and slim church built in 1299. The façades are elaborately and carefully decorated. The frescoes inside are excellent, with very vivid colours and well preserved. Look for the outstanding Mocking of Christ and Juda’s kiss frescoes. In the altar look for the frescoes of an earlier church painted in the 12th century. The church is open on weekends in the morning but if you ask around someone will come and open the church for you. In the past the key was in the house next door but I think it is not there any more (ask anyway and you’ll be pointed in the right direction, or ask in one of the stores so you won’t have to walk back and forth). Leave a small donation.

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Zrze Monastery

This monastery has two churches joined under one roof. The older one was built in the middle of the 14th century and the one right next to it was built in the 17th century. Excellent frescoes are painted on the main façade of the church under the charming porch. The monastery stands on a plateau with a breathtaking view over the Pelagonija plain and the surrounding mountains. The monks are very friendly and might prepare tea and coffee for you. They will also tell you the history of the monastery and show you around. Look for the water spring behind the monastery for a tasty sip of natural water. Because of the lack of premises for visitors, the monastery is open to everyone only for day visits.

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Markovi Kuli Fortress

The hike is through a strange landscape with huge rocks in different shapes. At the beginning is the ''Stone elephant''. The remains of the fortress look as if they are growing from the huge rocks and there are striking views over Prilep and the surrounding plain. The remains that can be seen are from the 10th to the 14th c. The fortress can also be reached by a more scenic but rough path from Holy Archangels Monastery. If you are visiting the fortress in summer do it before noon and bring water since the path has no shade.<p>You have the option of continuing on the original dirt road (before the fork) for another 5km/3.2miles towards Treskavec Monastery.

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Treskavec Monastery

Built in the 14th century and set atop an outcropping of rock, the monastery is renowned as the place with the most beautiful sunset in Macedonia. A fire in 2013 did a lot of damage to the monastery, destroying almost everything but the church. The surviving frescoes inside are from different periods in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 19th century. It is no longer possible to spend the night here as the monks' and visitors' quarters were destroyed in the fire. If you go in summer start early, if you want to take the hike in winter, early spring or late fall, ask around to make sure the path is passable.

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Holy Archangels Monastery

– with its church built in the 12th and dormitories on both sides it looks as if the monastery has grown out of the rocks. There are few compositions of frescoes left inside. Ask the nuns to point you to entrance of the crypt below the church (entered from outside). On the columns of the porch of the church look for the second oldest inscription in Cyrillic letters dated 996. Walk around the monastery to admire the scenic landscape and scattered ancient and early Byzantine ruins.

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St. Dimitrie Church

built in the late 13th century, it is the biggest church in Varosh village. The builders had a problem with managing the uneven terrain and they did a mistake visible in the uneven roof on the different sides of the dome. The inside is in a decay and has a special middle age atmosphere. Ask for the key in the house next door.

Cafe Cavalli

One of the best downtown cafe bar and nightclub, with free Wi-Fi. Located , on the main boulevard Goce Delcev, close to the Alexander the Great statue. Call +389-71-208-210 for reservations.

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Sv.Blagoveshtenie Church

An excellent example of revival period architecture. Built in 1838, it is three nave basilica with galleries, and lavish woodcarving (furniture and 17m long icon screen)

Mariovo region

- one of the least developed regions of Macedonia with small half deserted villages scattered in untouched nature. Milco Mancevski films his movies here.

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Pension Breza

This family-owned pension is walking distance away from the center of the city, with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. +Моbile.:+389 71 214 071

Hotel Dion

14 rooms: double, rooms with 3 beds and rooms with 4 beds, all with bathrooms, TV, telephone and internet.- Phone. +389 0 48 430965

Di Caprio

Di Caprio is a tastefully decorated cafe where attentive staff are keen to serve beers coffees etc. well worth a visit

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Prilep bus station

New inter-city bus station with buses to Bitola and Skopje (around dozen of buses), Ohrid (couple of buses daily)

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Kristal Palas

This four star hotel is the finest in all of Prilep. It is only 10 minutes walking from centre.

SLEEP   —  +389 48 418000 —  Lenin br. 184

Ruins of Charshi Mosque

built in 1475, the only one in Europe with two balconies on its minaret (awaiting restoration).

Old Bazaar

Prilep has small, pleasant and well maintained bazaar with orthogonal streets.

SEE   —  Itar Pejo Ln.

St. Atanasie Church

Built in the 14th century, stands in ruins before Holy Archangels Monastery.

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St. Bogorodica Precista Church

A small church, the first from the 15th century Ask for the key next door

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St. Peter Church

A small church from the 14th century. Ask for the key next door

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Clock tower

the most beautiful one in Macedonia built in 1858

Train station

A couple of trains daily to Bitola and Skopje

OTHER   —  Boulevard Goce Delchev

Beer festival

For three days in the beginning of July

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Makedonska Kuka restaurant

5min walking from the old bazaar.

EAT   —  +389 48 433419 —  Map

Theatre festival Vojdan Cernodrinski

First week of June

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About Prilep

Prilep seen from Marko's Tower FortressWhat
Prilep seen from Marko's Tower FortressWhat
is most striking about Prilep is the strange bare scenery with huge rocks scattered around. The city is nestled below a bare hill. On the top of the hill, ruins of a medieval fortress stand. All around the city are tobacco fields, and if one visits the city in late summer or fall, one will see tobacco drying everywhere he turns. What is unique about Prilep is the strange sense of humor its inhabitants have and the way they preserved their traditional way of life. Near Prilep is Mariovo Region, one of the most untouched regions of Macedonia, with small half deserted villages scattered in untouched nature.

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