Dialing code: +389 (0)31
Postal code: 1360
License plates: KU 000-XX
Coordinates: 42°07′N, 22°17′E
City Patron: St. Nicholas
The city of Kratovo is a small picturesque town located in the eastern part of the country, midway between the road to Kumanovo and Kriva Palanka and Probistip . It is situated in the belly of an ancient and burnt-out volcanic crater, at an altitude of approximately 580-750 m above sea level, with population of 6 400 inhabitants. The city has Mediterranean continental climate and the main economy in this small place is the mining industry, but lately as well as the tourism due to its traditional architecture, medieval bridges, clock towers, and narrow cobblestone-paved street. The town possesses a very specific architecture dominated by 12 old bridges and 6 middle-age towers.
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The history of this little town has always been connected with mining. Since ancient times lead, zinc, silver, copper, gold ore have been exploited here. It is believed that the name of the town originates from the word ‘krater’ – meaning a volcano crater. This is a city which dates back to the pre-Slavic period and it existed at the same place during the antiquity, Middle Ages, Byzantium and Ottoman period. In the course of the Middle Ages its most significant function was mining, which was developed in its immediate vicinity by the Sasi population. During the Ottoman reign, mining and trade increasingly prospered. In the 14th century Kratovo was a major mining center in this part of the Turkish Empire. After the war between Austria and Turkey and the Karpos uprising, the city economically decreased and the population started leaving the city.
GETTING TO KRATOVO
How to get: You can arrive at Kratovo through these road connections:
Skopje - Kumanovo - Stracin - Chatal - You turn right towards Kratovo
Shtip - Krupishte - Probishtip - Kratovo
Kochani - Krupishte - Probishtip - Kratovo
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What to eat: pastrmajlija, mantii, armchi, the sour soups, the mezelk, the different kinds of cheese, pies, beans with dried meat
What to drink: the home made wine and rakija (local brandy); Macedonian coffee
What to see: the 500 hundred years old pines, the Ajduchki bazaar (the most oldest part of the city), the city architecture, middle age towers and bridges, the City museium of Kratovo, St. George Kratovski church, the church St John, the church St. Nicholas, Kratovo rock art center, volcanic bombs, the natural rarity Kuklica (Stone dolls)', the archaeological site and rock sancury 'Covev kamen', the nature reserve called Ploche Litotelmi, the fortress and the Early Christian basilica - Rotonda in the village of Konjuh, the reserve of rock art near the village of Trnovac, St. Gavril Lesnovski monastery.