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"Fortress Towers of Marko (Markovi Kuli, Prilep)" Top 5 Page for this destination Republic of Macedonia Off The Beaten Path Tip by Pijlmans

Republic of Macedonia Off The Beaten Path: 40 reviews and 101 photos

  Towers of Marko
by Pijlmans
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High above the town of Prilep stand the Markovi Kuli, Towers of Marko, named after the last Macedonian king Marko.

Marko Mrnjavcevic, son of Tsar Volkasin Mrnjavcevic, was of Serbian origin. When his father died in 1371 in a fight against the Ottomans, the crown was passed to Marko. Prilep, which was the capital of Marko's empire, eventually fell to the Ottomans in 1394. A year later King Marko was killed while he was forced to fight for the Ottomans.

Parts of the fortress should date back to the Iron Age, 3rd and 4th centuries BC and later periods during the Ottoman Empire. Most of the ruins that can be seen today are from medieval times.

We took a cab from the center of Prilep to take us up the hill until underneath the Markovi Kuli. This place is marked by a huge rock that has the shape of an elephant (see the pictures). We walked up the hill over the road leading to the fortress. This road is white with crushed marble, since Prilep is a mining town for marble.

It is possible to spend several hours amongst the ruines, the view is wonderful up there.

From the top of the hill on which the Towers of Marko are situated, it is possible to hike 8 km to the Monastery of Treskovec on the next hill. However, we went to the Monastery of Treskovec the next day via a different trail, and instead came back to Prilep this way.

This was part of a 3-day trip we did from Ohrid-Prilep-Krusevo-Ohrid, described in another tip.

The link below takes you to my Prilep page.


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  • Updated Mar 31, 2008
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