Markovi Kuli (Marko's Towers), Prilep

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  • Walk was quite fatiguing in the summer heat. At the top we were rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of the city of Prilep and surrounding inaccessible mountains. There are interesting ruins of a 700-year-old fortress. If you are not accustomed to walking is not for you.
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  • A great place where you can spend your time alone. For an hour and a half here came only a couple of travelers. In General, all the time that I was there, engaged in contemplation and loss from vanity of vanities. Regretted not took with him something for a picnic. All in all, definitely recommend pojat'sja to the ruins of this fortress.
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  • Awesome area with lots of old ruins and challenging terrain. We saw two turtles in the area as well.  more »
  • On the northern outskirts of the city of Prilep, in lower town Varos (Варош) over the granite rocks is situated the site Markovi Kuli (King Marko Towers, Маркови Кули), as transparent remnant of medieval monuments in Macedonia. The first archaeological research on Markovi Kuli, its suburb, and on the area of today's settlement Varos were launched in 1958 and showed continuity of life on this area. The granite rocks of Marko's Towers, and its suburb Varos resulted with remnants of cultural layers of Late Neolithic to the XIX century. The most impressive medieval material traces are remnants of three of defense walls of the King Marko’s fortress, which identifies and recognizes the modern city of Prilep. The oldest remains with traces of construction, destruction and reconstruction, resulted in the highest northeast from the balcony, and come from III - II centuries BC, a period associated with the Roman-Macedonian Wars. During the medieval period, the fortress was improved and supplemented. Today's appearance with a maximum range of three defensive belts, with low walls and archer positions in them, it got at the time of the Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II. Fortress lost its strategic importance after the death of King Marko in 1395 year. On the area of secondary congenital Prilep, Varos were built several church buildings that confirm the city under Marko's Towers as an important spiritual center in Macedonia. Marko's Towers, spacious terraces and the lower town Varos reflect the lives of prominent medieval town of Prilep that its full blossom in the second half of XIII and the first half of the XIV century. After the death of King Marko in late XIV century city under Marko's Towers slowly fades and the new settlement form in the plains of northeastern edge of Pelagonian valley.
  • Great place to visit, and opportunity to see part of buildings older than 700 years. There is improvised road that goes up to top of the mountain where is metal cross of 18m and there is best place from where you can see whole town.
  • Very nice place. Worth to climb there.
  • fantastic area
  • Markovi Kuli “Markos’s Fortress” Markovi Kuli is an archeological resort on the top of the mountain, close to the town. 30min hike from Varosh village will take you to the ruins of the medieval fortress. The hike is through a strange bare landscape with huge rocks in different shapes. On the beginning is the Stone elephant work of nature. The remains of the fortress look as if they are growing from the huge rocks and there are striking views over Prilep and the surrounding plain. Prilep was the capital of the medieval kingdom of King Volkasin (1350-1375) and his son King Marko (1375-1395). They both tried to stop the progress of the Turkish expansion and are remembered as mythical heroes in the folk tales and songs. After the death of King Marko, Prilep was conquered by the Turks. The remains are named by the national hero Marko Krale who built the medieval fortress in the 14th century.