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„Peshta“Fortress is connected with the story of Kalesh Angya (Kales Angja, Калеш Анѓа) as a symbol of the Macedonian disobedience.

View toward village Staravina and picturesque landscapes of Mariovo region

peshta fortres 03 gradesnica - Peshta Fortress in Mariovo (Тврдината Пешта)

Panorama of Mariovo region – view toward Kajmakcalan – Click the image to enlarge

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Panorama of Mariovo region – view toward village Staravina – Click the image to enlarge

Kalesh Angya was trapped in a treacherous way and her rescue from the home of the Turkish qadi of Prilep, somehow becomes an introduction to organized uprising against the Ottoman Empire or “Mariovo rebellion” (1564/65).

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Kales Angja – Oil on canvas – author Dejan Makarievski

There is evidence that the fortress Pest existed since the time of ancient Macedonian kings and in the time of the Roman Empire there was an army. After the Mariovo rebellion it lost its original purpose and was left to the ravages of time.
Today immensely destroyed, because of the bombing during World War I, it remains as a mute witness to the turbulent history of this region and only small portions of the wall can be seen.
Yet, this location provides one of the picturesque panoramas of the Mariovo region.

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The fortress from village Gradesnica

How to get here

The road to the village Gradesnica is in relatively good condition and is consisted of 40 kilometers of asphalt and 12 km macadam road. Some of the local population drives with light cars on it, but only in summer. At the entrance of the village, just after the bridge and before the village cemetery, there is macadam road (700 meters) that leads to the fortress. This road is only accessible with off road vehicle so you can leave your car and take a 15 minute walk to the location.

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