"Czar's Towers" Strumica Things to Do Tip by Pijlmans
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The Czar's Towers are located on the hill overlooking Strumica. They are the remains of a medieval fortress from the 11th-12th century, that was extended during the 12th-14th century.
Life on this hill is thought to go back to 4750 BC, and many artifacts from different time periods have been found at this location.
There is not much left over from this once so powerful fortress. The only well visible remains are the so-called Pirg Tower, the main tower of the fortress where the commander of the fortress stayed. The lower floor was a water tanker filled with atmospheric water. You can see the holes in the walls that were used to make wooden floors above the water tanker. The Pirg Tower has a hexagonal shape, but was originally build as a rectangle (More pictures of the Prig tower).
The other major remains are from the west entrance tower or gate, and another huge water tanker in the middle of the fortress. At the moment of visiting (2011) this tanker was completely covered with a roof and not well visible or accessible.
Structures of a church that was probably dedicated to St George, and graves from the 12th-14th centuries can be seen next to the antenna on top of the hill.
Just before you enter the Czar's Towers from the asphalt road, there are also several graves dug in the white rocks.
At the City Hall of Strumica we got an interesting booklet called "One the way of ancestors" describing the Czar's Towers in very much detail.
You can reach to Czar's Towers via an asphalt road by car, or climb very steeply uphill from the foot path that is close to restaurant Loven Dom to the antenna on top of the hill.
We made a detour and took the path from Loven Dom and walked first 2.5 km to the Monastery of St Ilija. From there we walked over a 4x4 track that leads to the asphalt road to the Czars Towers.
After visiting the Czar's Towers, we went steeply downhill from the antenna on top of the hill back to Loven Dom. Later I saw on Google Earth that we did not take the "official" trail downhill, but at least we got back to Strumica!
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See the link below for a GPS version of the walk we did.
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