Varosh (Варош) – Settlement in Prilep

varosh

In the north- west on the outskirts of the modern city of Prilep , under “Marko’s towers” (Маркови Кули) the Varosh settlement is located Varos, a former suburb of  “King Marko city”

In Tabula Peutingeriana, on the road Stobi – Herklea is marked the Ceramiae station, which presumably can be later shaped into urban settlement, located on the site of the present Varosh. This assertion is supported by various fragments and sculptures derived from Roman time, which were found on this site in the town of Prilep.

The geographical location was conducive for creation of settlement since ancient times. According to some scientists, the medieval fortress “Marko’s towers” (Маркови Кули) which rises above Varosh, is built by the Illyrians and Romans for defensive purposes.
Varosh as settlement persisted through the latter periods, and according to residues of preserved churches, undoubtedly prove the intense life that evolved in the Middle Ages.


From Prilep – city of Marko Krale
From Prilep – city of Marko Krale
From Prilep – city of Marko Krale

First Slavic inscription is found, written in Cyrillic letters, on the porch of the church Saint Archangel, in which is mentioned the bishop Andreja.
Traces of Slavic culture are found in several places in Varosh neighborhood and along the slopes of Marko’s towers . This is confirmed by recent archaeological research that was systematically conducted in this area.
From the times of Kings Volkasin and latter King Marco several churches are preserved. In folk tradition, are mentioned the chapel dedicated to Saint Luka, in the charter of King Dusan, along the monastery Treskavec (near Prilep) also are listed the churches : St. John the Baptist, St. . George, St. Vrachi, St. Theodore and St. Demetrius .
From the numerous churches that were built in the Varosh area, today are preserved: St. Nichola (Св. Никола), Monastery of St. Archangel Michael (Манастир Св. Архангел Михаил), St. Demetrius (Св. Димитриј), St. Athanasius (Св. Атанасие), Saints Peter and Paul (Св. Петар и Павле) and chuch of Holy Mary (Св. Богородица).

From Prilep – city of Marko Krale

Archangel Michael Monastery

From Prilep – city of Marko Krale
From Prilep – city of Marko Krale

Saint Nikola church (Св. Никола)

From Prilep – city of Marko Krale

Holy Mother of God

From Prilep – city of Marko Krale

St. Dimitrij

From Prilep – city of Marko Krale

St. Peter and Paul

 

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