Macedonia

Mountainous Macedonia remains somewhat mysterious. The great mixture of ancient and modern is a true paradise for those that enjoy outdoor adventures. This central Balkan country is famous for its warm hospitality, food and music. 

WHY VISIT MACEDONIA:

*Mother Theresa, also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia, was the youngest of three children. Her family was of Albanian descent.

*According to Andrew Graham-Dixon, British art historian and writer, the frescoes contained within St. Panteleimon at Nerezi are not seen as static, they have the capacity to change into something more obviously human and realistic, anticipating the West's emphasis on depicting Christ as a man of flesh and blood by some 150 years. He reminds that these frescoes from the 1160s precede Giotto's similar emotional frescoes from the Arena Chapel in Padua, circa 1305, suggesting that The Renaissance may not have really started in Italy. 

*According to NASA, Kokino is 4th on the list of oldest megalithic observatories in the whole world, right after Egypt’s Abu Simbel, Great Britain’s Stonehenge and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

*In the city of Tetovo you can find the beautiful and unique Decorated Mosque (Šarena D┼żamija), an Ottoman monument from the 15th century.

*The earliest finds from the Skopje’s Kale Fortress contain the remains of the very first settlement from the Copper Age (Chalcolithic), or the fourth millennium BC.

*According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization arguments, "Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav monastery (St Pantelejmon) and more than 800 Byzantine-style icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. After those of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow, this is considered to be the most important collection of icons in the world."  The UNESCO protected Ohrid Lake Region is considered as a region with Outstanding Universal Value. 

*Kopackata is a dynamic and energetic social dance performed by local residents of the village of Dramche in the region of Pijanec. It is a traditional Macedonian dance on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

*Macedonians wore 70 different types of national costumes, depending on the region where people lived. Every type of folk costume has its own characteristics, but common for all is the presence of the red, black and the white color and the geometrical shapes on it.