Gradesnica (Gradeshnica) village in Mariovo + Photo Gallery


Gradesnica village – Mariovo region

Gradesnica village in Mariovo, the birthplace of one of the most famous Macedonian folk characters “Itar Pejo” (Итар Пејо, Sly (Clever) Peter) is located on the flow of Gradeska River (Градешка Река), a natural beauty which enriches the panorama of the village.

Gradesnica is a hill village and lies on altitude 800 meters above sea level, 52 km distant from Bitola in Municipality of Novaci.

Panoramic view - Gradeshniuca village MariovoThe date when the village is formed is not known, but according to archeological findings, in this place, continuity of life exists since prehistory. One proof for this is the ceramic plate decorated with spirals, which was built in the walls of the church St. George in the upper part of the village.

Ceramic plate decorated with spirals, built in the walls of the church St. George in the upper part of Gradeshnica village

The continuity of organized living since pre-historic time in this region is testified by the findings of ceramic objects decorated with spirals, some of them build in the walls of the church St. George.

Monastery St. Ilija (Bren) – Св. Илија - Брен

Monastery St. Ilija (Bren) – Св. Илија – Брен

Also, what only a few people know, is the fact that in this village in 1952 a tooth of Mastodont is found. It’s one of the nine such artifacts found in Macedonia, now kept in the Museum of Nature in Belgrade.
The village celebrates the St. Ilija (Ilinden) holiday, in the nearby monastery, where large numbers of emigrants from Gradesnica and from all surrounding villages gather.

Church Sv. Dimitrija (St. Demetrius)

At the entrance of the village near the cemetery the Church St. Dimitrij (Св. Димитрија) is located. The church St. Dimitrij is one of the oldest churches in the Bitola region and it dates back from XIV century and it is built in stone and mortar, covered with stone plates.



In the interior, the altar part is divided with mason iconostasis, which presents true rarity.
During the First World War, the church was hit by a grenade, which had damaged the roof, but didn’t explode.

Ethnology museum in Gradesnica

Placed in the center of the village, the ethnology museum in village Gradesnica is opened on August 2, 2009 and it is one of the “must see” locations in Mariovo. The museum represents a magnificent collection of ethnic elements from the life and culture of the local population, weapon remains and objects used in the World Wars.



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Church St. Nicholas church

In the center of the village the church St. Nikola (Св. Никола, St. Nicholas) is located, which is the main church in the village Gradesnica.

Village Gradeshnica is known as a village with a rich Christian tradition and in the nineteenth century, particularly in its second half, in Gradesnica intensely begun work on renovations of the churches, including the church “St. Nikola”.
Above the back side of the door, there is an inscription which says that the church was restored in 1863, but since when was the old church, it is not known. During the First World War, the church St. Nicholas suffered great damages as the village Gradesnica, in which almost every house was demolished.


The church is built of solid material, it was repaired in 1923, and the frescos were restored in 1927 by the painter Kosta Nikolic (Коста Николиќ) with his sons Jakim (Јаким) and Todosija (Теодосија), born in the village Lazaropole. According to the data, the church was consecrated in the same year by the Bishop of the diocese of Bitola Joseph (Јосиф).
The church “St. Nicholas” is the central church in village Gradeshnica in which residents perform all Christian traditions. Recently it has been revived and the porch was renovated.