Stip is city in the eastern part of the Republic of Macedonia with 43,652 inhabitants (2002).
It is located in hilly terrain between Bregalnica and the occasional water flow Otinja, at an altitude between 260 and 320 m. It covers an area of 2,080 ha.
With the highway, M-5 to the west Stip is associated with Veles, and on the east with Kocani and Delcevo, and trough highway M-6 southeast with Radovish and Strumica. Stip is a railway station on the rail line Veles-Kocani.
Stip has a moderate continental climate with an average annual air temperature of 12,8 ° C (53,6 F) and the average annual amount of rainfall of 482 mm.
Stip is considered one of the oldest cities in Macedonia. It is formed at the site of the ancient Roman city Astibus, which at the time of Byzantium is mentioned under the name Stipeon, after which the city received the present-day name.
As a city fortress under the name Stip the city was in the composition of the Macedonian state of Tzar Samuel. Turks conquered Stip in 1395. At the time of their rule the city is an important settlement on the Ser road, and in the XVI and XVIII century was the bishop’s seat.
The famous Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi for Stip states that had 2,240 houses, 450 shops, a bezisten, caravan saray, 27 mosques, and 7 hans (inns), while the French consul Bozur reported in 1800 that the city has a population of 3000-4000.
In the XIX century, especially in its second half, the city grew in economic and population sense, and within in 1900 lived 20,900 inhabitants. At the time of the Balkan wars and First World War, Stip was in the zone of military operations, which, together with the emigration of Turks, had a negative effect on the development of the city, so in 1931 the population decreased to 11,859 inhabitants.
In the period between the two world wars, the city held the role of an administrative center for Eastern Macedonia. Today also is a major crossroads and the largest city and industrial center in this part of the Republic of Macedonia.
The population consists mainly of Macedonians (39,323), Roma (2,184), followed by Vlach (1,727), and Turks (877) Serbs (272).
Stip is the seat of the Municipality of Stip which covers an area of 58,324 ha, with 44 settlements and a total of 47,796 inhabitants.
Developed industries in the city are the textile, footwear, metal, and electrical. Stip has high school and three primary schools, and also within is located the University “Goce Delchev” Stip, ith many different faculties.
It also has a museum, Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments, Historical Archives, Health Center.
If you are planning to visit Stip, you must visit the Isar Fortress, Memorial Monument of the Revolution, art gallery Bezisten, and churches St. Archangel, St. Spas, St. John, St. Holy Mary, Husamedin Pasha Mosque.
Where is Stip:
260 – 320 m (853 – 1049 ft)
Summer (DST):CST (UTC+2)
Municipality of Stip
Address: Vasil Glavinov bb, Stip 2000