Strumica is city in South East part of Macedonia with population of 35.311.
Where is Strumica:
It is located south east from the mountain Smrdes, under the fortress “Carevi Kuli (Tsar Towers)” on elevation between 225 and 300 meters. Stumica occupies an area of 896 ha. With the national road M6 Strumica is with Radovis and Stip and on east with Petric in Bulgaria. Also a regional road on north, leads to Berovo and in Valandovo on South.
In Strumica exist moderate continental climate with certain Mediterranean influence. The average year air temperature is 12.9 C (55.22 F) and the average rain fall 583 mm.
Strumica is old city which in ancient time is mentioned under the name Astraeum. In the I century in the city stayed the roman emperor Tiberius, after which the city received the name Tiberiopolis. The grave of his daughter Struma is located here, after which later the Slavs gave the name to the city.
Near the city in 1014 took place the famous battle between the Macedonian Tsar Samuil and the Byzantine emperor Vasilij II (Basil II), after which the Byzantine emperor gave the order more than 14.000 prisoners from the Samuels army to be blinded and only one eye was left to every 100-th soldier, so he can lead his follows to their king. The place where this brutal act was conducted it is marked by the local population under the name Vodoca. The site of his blinded soldiers was fatal for Tsar Samuil so he died soon after.
Due to favorable geo-political situation the city of Strumica in the middle ages had important strategic position, especially in XVIII and XIX, since it lied on the well known Ser Road. In Strumica every year in August was held the well known fifteen day fair. At the end of XIX the city of had population of 10.160.
Between the two world wars as city near the border, Strumica sequentially loses its former functions and in 1921 there lived only 5.866 people.
Strumica had its expansion in the middle of XX century and today it has population of about 40.000. According to the 2002 census in Strumica lived 32.075 Macedonians and from the minorities – 2.642 Turks, 157 Serbs and 130 Roma.
The city of Strumica is administrative center of Municipality of Strumica, which occupies an area of 32.149 ha, has 25 populated places, with population of 54.670.
The city of Strumica represents important economical, cultural, educational and administrative center of the Strumica plain area. It has developed textile, ceramic, metal, wood and agricultural industry.
The Strumica Carnival is one of the famous custom and tradition of its kind in Republic of Macedonia. With a very long tradition, it is even mentioned by travel writer Evliya Çelebi in 1670. The carnival is held every year at the beginning of Easter Lent.
For updated information please visit Municipality of Strumica or Strumica Carnival website
The city has also agymnasium, High agricultural school, Dome of Culture, public theater, public museum, memorial museum “Blagoj Jankov - Muceto”, library and other institutions.
Among the important cultural heritage objects, several sites can be mentioned as: Cer towers above the city, Strumin grob (grave), Vodoca and Veljusa XI cent., and also near village Bansko, one of the oldest Roman baths exist.