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The Town of Krushevo

Krushevo is a town where the past lives simultaneously with the present. One of the unique features of Krushevo are its narrow streets paved with stone and cobblestone, and architecture dominated by stone, wood and “Krushevo blue” facades. Mentioned in documents from the 15th century, Krushevo is a living museum, famous for its traditional architecture, cultural sites, and legacy as the site of the great 1903 Ilinden uprising against Ottoman domination.

It is a small but picturesque town, resembling a magic painting by an old master. Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian/Greek crossing border “Medzitlia/ Niki”.

Krushevo is the highest town in Macedonia, in summer, it is a popular centre for paragliding pilots, while for the less daring there are attractive walks in the famous Krushevo “korya” (grove). In winter, Krushevo is and excellent destination for Nordic skiing.

The town is also home to a large number of monuments and historic buildings including:

Ilinden Monument
A Museum of the Ilinden Uprising and Krushevo Republic was established on 2 August 1974 on the 30th anniversary of the first session of ASNOM (Anti-Fascist Assembly of the National Liberation of Macedonia), as well as the 71st anniversary of the Ilinden uprising. The author of this monument is Jordan Grabulovski, who conceived the monument as a symbol of the Macedonian people’s invincibility, struggle, and age-old aspiration for national liberation. The artistic and aesthetic expression of the monument complex, which covers 16 hectares, starts with broken chains, continues with a crypt and a colorful mosaic of ceramic material, and ends with a dome placed 1,320cm above the ground..

St. Nicholas Church
The Church of St. Nicholas was built in 1832, but after the Ilinden uprising in 1903 it was set on fire and demolished. In this fire, one of the biggest and most beautiful wood-carved iconostases, made by Petre Filipovski Garka, was lost. The church was rebuilt in 1904-05, but on a significantly smaller scale.

St. Jovan Church
The Church of St. Jovan is an Aromanian church, which is home to a gallery of icons. This is the only place where one can see the tools and manuals that the icon painters used. The frescoes, originating from the year 1627, were transferred from St. Atanasius Church near the village of Lokveni.

Gallery of Nikola Martinovski
Nikola Martinovski (1903-1973) is one of the most popular Macedonian painters of the first generation. The gallery is installed in the painter’s house, which itself is an example of the famous 19th century urban architecture. The permanent exhibition is displayed in separate rooms: the Krushevo room, furnished to portray the spirit of the 19th century, and the gallery hall, showing the painter’s works.


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