Markovi Kuli is part of the Tentative list of North Macedonia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Markovi Kuli (Marko’s Towers) comprises a landscape of peaks and rocks. The rock massif consists of gneiss and granodiorite. The area has been continuously inhabited since ancient times; it holds a large tower from the beginning of the 3rd century A.D..
Map of Markovi KuliLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
When I drove from Skopje to Lake Ohrid I made a stop in Prilep for a visit to Markovi Kuli. Let me start with the fact that it would be better to include it as Natural & Cultural? There is an old fort on the top and a beautiful old monastery as well. It's all within the boundaries proposed. A LARGE sign is at the foot of the mountain where you go to the fort where it clearly states it's on the tentative list :-) I drove up to the fort as far as I could with a sedan. Don't park at the sign just drive until the road gets to bad. At the top I spend an hour or so enjoying the view.
The Treskavec monastery (Holy Mother of God) is located two hills north and also within the proposed natural boundaries. It should be included as well for cultural reasons as the murals are for sure in par with the Church St. George (Sv Gjorgji) in Kurbinovo added recently to the TWHS. I would have loved to hike to the monastery from the fort (there is a trail) but as I had to go both ways due to my car at the fort and time constraints I drove there. The road to the monastery is fully paved. The church is under reconstruction I think but it could be also permanent double roofing to protect it. Beautifull murals!
If you drive from Skopje to Ohrid, make sure to stop here! I think it deserves a place on the WHS list.
(Photo licensed for worldheritagesite.org by Els)
note for Els: I have photo of the monastery but cannot upload more as one. Email me if you want it as well.
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2004 Added to Tentative List
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