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Babino village, Demir Hisar

Babino is a mountain village in the municipality of Demir Hisar few kilometers northwest of Demir Hisar city, in southwestern Macedonia.

According to a local legend, St. Paul the Apostle during his visit to Macedonia, passed by one of the hills close the village. Maybe that’s why this area is unusually blessed with so much clean water. Natural springs flow into Bezernichka River almost all the way to Crna Reka.

In village Babino the library of Stevo Stepanovski is located, which he says is the smallest in the world. Here the first books were brought back in 1882 from Baghdad, Tehran, Damascus, Istanbul, Ankara, many of them printed in Persian, Old Turkish-Ottoman and Arabic.

The library has over 25 thousand titles, written and valuable documents, books, articles and manuscripts. The oldest edition is the Arabic dictionary from 1307. The library is in an old traditional house, with an ethno-room open for viewing, while promotions, poetic readings, music concerts, and other events are hosted in a private amphitheater located in the garden.

About 162 teachers originally came from Babino, ready to spread literacy all over Macedonia, right after the Second World War.

In village Babino there is also a fish-pond by Bezernichka River where you can taste local fish specialties as well as few other types of traditional Macedonian food.

The locals are skilled in wood processing, weaving, textile art, embroidering and other traditional skills. The longevity of the local population speaks to the natural wonders of this place.

Many of the local people maintain beautiful, full head of hair, even into old age, supporting the belief that they have a secret remedy against reducing and weakening of the hair.