Macedonia

Bitola

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Clock Tower
⦁ With imposing 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’t reliably determine whether it is the same Clock Tower.
⦁ According to some researchers today’s Clock Tower was built in 1830.
⦁ “There is a legend that 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.”
⦁ The first dial and clock mechanism was made by the German company “Konfage” and placed on the Clock Tower in 1927

Wide Street (Sirok Sokak) is the place “to see and be seen in Bitola” – tend to say

⦁ This pedestrian boulevard is lined with shops, cafes and restaurants.
⦁ It begins in “Magnolia” Square and from here you can already begin to see the old Macedonian and Ottoman – style houses.

Ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis

Bitola
⦁ Heraclea Lyncestis was an antic city in the kingdom of Macedon
⦁ Phillip II of Macedon founded in 4th century B.C
⦁ The ruins themselves are located just 2 kilometers south from the center Bitola, at the foot of Baba Mountain.
⦁ Archeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis hold several important buildings and sites, these include the Roman theatre, Roman thermae (bath complex), smaller and large basilicas added by Byzantines, Jewish temple and intricate church floor mosaics that are fantastic examples of early Christian art.

Pelister National Park

Bitola
⦁ Pelister National Park a 17.150 – hectare nature preserve on the north side of Mount Baba.
⦁ Pelister National Park is home to a unique array of flora and fauna, as well as natural springs, waterfalls and glacial lakes, 29 % of Macedonian’s flora and fauna are founded in Pelister.
⦁ It’s most famous species is the Molika tree, which can grow up to 40 meters high and live for over 200 years.

International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”

Bitola
⦁ The International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, is the first and oldest film festival dedicate to the creativity of cinematographers across the world.
⦁ The festival is held in September in Bitola.
⦁ Establish in honor and inspired by the abundant photographic/ cinematographic opus of the Manaki brothers Yanaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880 – 1964).
⦁ The Manaki Brothers, Yanaki and Milton were photography and cinema pioneers who brought the first film camera 300 and created the first motion pictures on the Balkan peninsula and in the Ottoman empire.