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Kratovo is a village in the northeast of Macedonia, situated in the crater of an ancient volcano. The name of the village still reminds you of this fact.

It used to be a mining town for gold and silver. In 1689, the miners of Kratovo joined the Macedonian hero Karpos when he rose up against the Ottomans, at the side of the Austrians. Unfortunately, after taking over Kriva Palanka and Kumanovo, Karpos and 200 of his man were killed and impaled on the Stone Bridge in Skopje. A memorial plaque at the Stone Bridge still reminds of this tragic event.

In the surroundings of Kratovo are the ancient observatory Cocev Kamen, the archeological site Golemo Gradiste and the natural locality the Stone Dolls.


The river Tabacka runs through the crater, and four stone bridges across the river date from the early Ottoman period.

The bridge called Radin was destroyed en repaired, but not to its original state.

Defense towers

Originally there were twelve defense towers in Kratovo, now only six remain, among which the Saat Kula or Clock Tower.

The towers originally did not have stairs and you could only access the higher floors with a ladder. The villagers could hide from the enemy in the upper levels of the tower, and take the ladder up with them. From there they could defend themselves against their attackers with weapons, rocks and hot oil.

In the Municipal Center of Rock Art they will be able to tell you about the sights in Kratovo and surroundings and they can provide you with guides.

  • Last visit to Kratovo: Aug 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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