Strumica Sights and Landmarks Guide, Macedonia
Like all other Macedonian cities and towns, Strumica boasts several tourist attractions which are both beautiful and edifying. Just like the promising attractions in Skopie and Kavala, without a doubt, Strumica Sights are worth a visit or two.
Strumica Sights – Churches and Monasteries
Strumica is synonymous with ancient churches and monasteries of times gone by. The city has a number of notable houses of worship all set to be visited and marveled on.
Church Complex of Saint Leontius. Located in the Vodocha village, this church complex includes the oldest edifice, a Christian basilica built between the 5th and 6th century. The complex has a total of three churches, one of which is the domed church constructed between the 6th and 7th century. The only remaining part of this church is a part of the altar apse. The third church was built in the 11th century in honor of the Holy Mother of God.
Monastery of the Holy Mother of God Eleusia. This monastery stands on the rocky plateau of Veljusa village, around 7 kilometers from Strumica. The monastery was established in 1080 by the monk Manuel. Evidently, the original structure of the monastery was preserved and is noticeable to this day. All the four apses can still be seen along with the polychrome and ceramic embellishments.
Strumica Sights – Archaeological Landmarks
Other places that compose Strumica Sights are archaeological landmarks. These places are visited often by tourists from Macedonia and all over the world. Similar to the churches and monasteries, these landmarks echo the city’s past.
Roman Bath in Bansko. Constructed between 200 and 300 AD, this archaeological location embodies a late Roman thermo-mineral hot tub. The spa was unearthed during an excavation in 1978 at the bottom of the Belascia Mountain. The archaeologists were able to dig 11 rooms and the bath’s walls with a height of 2 to 6.7 meters. Other preserved rooms are the saunas, the water pool known as “frigidarium” and the room floors.
Czar’s Towers. This is a stronghold found on a sharp hill looking out over the southern part of Strumica. Ruins of the once strong city walls now lie in line on the hill. A segment of the tower, which was preserved, can be seen on the southwest side. The interior of the fortress, ruins of the old shops and residences are present.
Strumica Sights – Ancestral Homes
All throughout Strumica, visitors will find various ancestral homes erected. These houses add to the magnificence of the city.
House of Dr. Aleksander Belev. This two-storey house with a hanging balcony was built in 1930. The highlight of the house is the lush flower embellishments and aged pillars. Also, it has notable male figures illustrated as the mythical Atlas holding up the balcony. A female figure can be seen on top of the house symbolizing peace.
House of Hadzitosevi. This house is a good example of a 19th century residence. Strumica Sights should be explored by every traveler. A visit to the city allows you to explore its neighboring cities as well.
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