King Marko's Towers
Markovi Kuli or Marko's Towers are situated to the northwest of Prilep, just above the village of Varoš. The towers of the last Macedonian medieval ruler King Marko are located on a 120-180m high hill, surrounded by steep slopes covered with minute granite stones. During the four-decade archaeological research, remains indicating the existence of an early antique settlement — Keramija, were found. In the Roman period, this small settlement expanded into the southwest, a fact suggested by the several marble ornaments of an early Christian basilica.
The ruins at Markovi Kuli date from the 13th and 14th centuries and are in good condition. The palace of Macedonian King Vukašin and his son Marko (who later became king) was also situated here. The fortress lost its strategic importance after the death of King Marko in 1395.
Monastery of Treskavec
Treskavec Monastery is one of the most beautiful monastery complexes of Macedonia. This ancient sanctuary is wrapped in mystique and thunderbolts, which gave the monastery its name. Surrounded by mystery, the monastery lies on a pentagonal rocky bed overlooking the Pelagonia valley. Archeaological evidence suggests that there was settlement known as Kolobaisa in antiquity. Archaeologists have also excavated tombs dating from Hellenic and Roman times, which proves that priests and devotees lived in and around the temple, and pilgrims traveled from afar to visit Kolobaisa. The monastery church dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God dates back to the 14th century and was built on the foundations of an earlier church.
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Prilep is a city in Macedonia, located in the northern part of Pelagonia Valley, in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. It is known as “the city beneath Marko’s Towers” because of its proximity to the towers of the legendary hero, King Marko. There are several assumptions about the origin of the name. According to a legend by Marko Cepenkov (most notable folklorist from Macedonia, born in Prilep), the people who started to move there, built their houses next to Marko’s fortress, and due to the attached houses (prilepeni) it was named Prilep.
In the early antiquity on this location thrived the settlement known as Keramija, which eventually remained a village settlement and did not grow into a city and a bishopric. Prilep is located in the northeastern part of the Pelagonia valley, as the largest settlement and its centre. It is surrounded by the mountains of Babuna and Dren. The town is the center of the production of high quality tobacco and cigarettes, metal, electronic, wood, textile, food and marble.