Veles (Велес) – city of poetry, culture, history and tradition

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Veles (previously Titov Veles) is city located in Central Macedonia with population of 43.716 (2002).

Veles is located in “Mala Veleska kotlina” (Small Veles basin) on both sides on Vardar River.

The city covers an area of 1.100 ha and is located on elevation between 155 and 270 meters.
Trough Veles passes the national road M-1 and the European road E-75, which on south connects Veles with Gevgelija and Thessaloniki and on North with the capital Skopje.

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Veles is railroad knot in which from the Vardar railroad two branches are separated towards Stip and Kocani on east, and Prilep and Bitola on west.

Veles has alternate Mediterranean climate, with average year air temperature of 13.3 C (55.4 F). Near Veles the lake Mladost is located.

The city is old settlement which under the name of Bila Zora is mentioned in 217 BC, when as city within Paeonia falls under the rule of the Macedonian king Philip V.

Then for the Macedonian state, the city located not far from the estuary of the Topolka and Vardar River, had great strategic importance for the defense of its northern boundaries from the Dardanians.

In the Middle Ages, under the name of Veles is mentioned at the beginning of the eleventh century in a charter by the Byzantine emperor Basil II. During Dushan rule Veles was the capital of the Despot Jovan Oliver.

Veles Macedonia Old photo

Veles Macedonia Old

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