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Stop At: Bitola Museum, Kliment Ohridski street, bb, Bitola Republic of North Macedonia
Bitola Museum is located in one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in the city. The importance and the significance of this object is not only the result of its monumentality but to the historical past, events and individuals that stayed here.
Within the museum building are located the Permanent exhibition of Bitola area and The Memorial room of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Shirok Sokak Street, Marsal Tito Street, Bitola 7000 Republic of North Macedonia
Shirok Sokak (Широк Сокак – Wide Street) is the main and busiest street in Bitola, with numerous shops and bars. Located in the city center, as the local population says, this is the place where you go if you want to see someone in Bitola or to be seen. On Sirok Sokak are located many shops, bars, restaurants, the theater, city museum, galleries, and cafes.
The need, most of the public life to be in the center of the city, made this street a place where many representative buildings were built: Army House, Hotel Epinal, House of Culture, the Catholic Church, Clock Tower, Yeni mosque, Isac mosque, Church “St. Dimitrij” and others.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Church of St. Demetrius Solunskogo Bitola, 11th October street, Bitola Republic of North Macedonia
The church St. Dimitrij (Saint Demetrios) in Bitola was built in 1830, replacing the former burnt chapel from 1726. Built with special permission of the Turkish authorities, the church supposed to be modest and nondescript building, lower than the surrounding mosques. Therefore, it was dug into the ground and it was built in just four months with donations from Bitola Christians.
Today the church St. Dimitrij is the central church in Bitola, and it hosts the largest number of weddings, christenings and is the central place for all major Christian holidays.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: The Bitola Clock Tower, Bitola Republic of North Macedonia
With an imposing height of 32 meters, The Clock Tower is the most recognizable landmark of Bitola.
According to some historical records, a clock tower in Bitola is mentioned as early as 1664, but we can not reliably determine whether it is the same Clock Tower that exists today. According to some researchers, today’s Clock Tower was built at the same time as the nearby church of St. Demetrius, in 1830. There is a legend that the Turkish government collected 60,000 eggs from the local population, which were used in the mortar for the Clock Tower, as it would be stronger and more resilient.
Bitola Old Bazaar
Bazaars in Bitola flourished especially during the nineteenth century, when they were spread from “Drven Pazar” (Дрвен пазар – wood market) to “At Pazar” (Ат Пазар – Horse Market), with more than 2,000 stores, many shops, mills, inns and Covered Bazaar – Bezisten.
There were over 30 functionally divided bazaars, determined according to the goods being sold: Pekmez bazaar (Пекмез пазар), Cereal bazaar (Житни пазар), Horse bazaar (Ат пазар), Wood bazaar (Дрвен пазар), “Lenski”, Covered bazaar etc.
Bitola today remains proud of the Old Bazaar, as one of the most beautiful monuments of its rich cultural heritage.
Duration: 1 hour