Golemo Ezero (Big Lake, Големо Езеро) is post glacial lake on Pelister National Park on altitude of 2218 m. The lake is located in the original part of Ezerska River, a left tributary of the river Sapuncica.
The Lake is formed by the interaction of erosion and accumulative glacial processes in the concave part of the cirque. Toward the direction southwest – northeast, the lake is 223 m long, and its greatest width in the south east – north west is 166 m.
The total length of the lake is 785.25 m, and in this context, it covers an area of 42,000 m2. In the basin of the lake can be accumulated a total of 185,374 m3 of water.
With maximum depth of 14.5 m, it is the third deepest natural lake, and deepest mountain lake in the Republic of Macedonia.
Near Big Lake is located mountain home, which with prior notice is open for tourists and visitors. Click here for more info… Mountain Hut Big Lake
The lake can be reached on foot from several places. The hiking trail Nizo Pole – Debel Rid – Golemo Ezero is recommended which is approximately 4 hours walking.
In summer Big Pelister lake can be reached with off-road vehicle (4 x 4).
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If I go to Bitola (Ако одам во Битола) I will walk on Sirok Sokak (Ќе прошетам по Широк Сокак) And on “Dembel” bazaar (А на Дембел чаршија) I will drink coffee (Кафе ќе се напијам)
…. (Folk song from Bitola)
People in Bitola say:
“If you were in Bitola and you haven’t walked through the Main Street, than you have seen nothing.”
Sirok Sokak (Широк Сокак – Wide Street) is the main and busiest street in Bitola, with numerous shops and bars. Located in the city center, as local population says, this is the place where you go if you want to see someone in Bitola or to be seen. On Sirok Sokak are located many shops, bars, restaurants, the theater, city museum, galleries and cafes.
Sirok Sokak is the place where you can drink your morning coffee while, enjoying the oldest architectural works and buildings in the Balkans, which decorate the city since the Turkish times.
The need, most of the public life to be in the center of the city, which always had an intense cultural and entertainment life, made this street a place where many representative buildings were built: The building of Bitola Museum, Army House, Hotel Epinal, House of Culture, the Catholic Church, Clock Tower, Yeni mosque, Isac mosque, Church “Sv.Dimitrij” and others.
House of Army – Oficerski – Bitola, Macedonia
Architecture – Sirok Sokak Bitola
Architecture – Sirok Sokak Bitola
The architects from Bitola and Macedonia, with love and invention, made a perfect connection between the various European styles and domestic constructing tradition. Thus, they achieved remarkably harmonious relations, harmony lines, noble simplicity, functionality, feeling of elegance and taste.
In fact, Sirok Sokak is recognizable everyday Bitola street space, where many of virtues and habits of Bitola can be seen, often loved and hated, welcoming and sending various common and prominent people: kings and emperors, sultans and Grand Viziers, bishops and missionaries.
Aldo the name of this street was changed many times, according to the various rulers: Abdul Hamid street (Hamidi, Hamidie – during Turkish rule), King Peter (During Serb rule), King Boris (during Bulgarian rule in WW2), Marshal Tito street (during the state Yugoslavia), the local name of the street stayed the same (which today is official) and Sirok Sokak today is the most representative feature of the city of Bitola.
The exhibition room is divided into two parts, section for permanent and section for changing exhibitions. In the permanent exhibitions section you can find exhibits of flora and fauna of Pelister, historic moments and exhibits that characterize the lives of local’s communities. The section for changing exhibitions is available for the visitors with previous reservation.
When you need a room for a business meeting, there is always a professional location to choose…
Whether you want a hotdesk for an hour, a meeting room for a day or simply a quiet place to get together with a colleague, our meeting room has everything you need.
Within the Information Centre you can visit the library in which the entire literature and video materials for the National Park Pelister are available to all visitors. The library is equipped with laptop computers that visitors can use free of charge.
For the Deboj in Bitola there are no reliable historical data, but it is assumed that it was probably built in the XVII / XVIII century, when it served as a hammam. It is located in the Old Bazaar, near the Haydar Kadi Mosque.
This profane architecture is rich in architectural forms from the outside and plastic decoration that adorns numerous rooms inside.
Over the time the building was constantly damaged and repaired.
After the conservation and restoration the Deboj got its original appearance, with a beautiful façade, several small and two large domes that dominate over others.
Today the Deboj serves as closed bazaar, in which various different textile goods are sold.
Haydar Kadi Mosque in Bitola is located on the left side of Dragor River, near the former Sheep Market and still existing Deboj in Bitola. According to the preserved historical sources the mosque was built in 1561 – 62.
The project was made by the famous Turkish architect Sinan Mimar (Koca Mi’mâr Sinân Âğâ) and the building was funded by Haydar Kadi, who at the time was Kadi (Judge) in the Bitola (Monastir) region.
According to traveler writer Evliya Celebi in the seventeenth century, this mosque was considered one of the most beautifully decorated at the time. According some sources it was the only mosque in Bitola with two minarets.
The mosque was restored in 1890, and it is also known that before the visit of Sultan Reshad V in Bitola (Monastir) in 1911, many of the buildings in the city and all mosques were restored.
Haydar Kadi Mosque after the Balkan wars was no longer in use as a religious building and from then it was exposed to constant ruining.
Haydar Kadi Mosque is one of the most attractive monuments of Turkish construction in Bitola and it was recently renovated.
Auto and Ethno Museum “Filip” is a private museum located in village Krklino, just 5 km from Bitola.
With collection of objects which in quality and quantity exceeds many state museums, Auto and Ethno Museum “Filip” is a location you can’t miss during your visit in Bitola.
The museum contains large collection of antique cars including: Simka Ariane from 1953, Opel Olimpija, Ford Taunus, Pezo404, Plimut Valijant, Moskvic, Opel Olimpija, Fiko, Folsvagen Buba, Citroen, tweentyfour motorbikes six decades old in a great condition such as BMW, DKW, NSU, MAKS etc.
Ethno section of the museum contains a rich collection of objects, carefully arranged in several authentic rooms, such urban, village, Jewish and Turkish, as well as a collection of old costumes, instruments, weapons, household items and so on.
Auto and Ethno Museum ” Filip” is a result of long and dedicated hard work of Boris Tanevski and his family.
Recently, toward the development of rural tourism in village Krklino, the museum is enriched with another activity, ie visitors can spend the night in an authentic room, as well they can taste a number of Macedonian specialties prepared in a traditional way.
Bukovo Monastery – Holy Transfiguration of Christ (Буковски Манастир) is located in a beautiful mountain area near the villages Bukovo and Krstoar in Bitola region.
The monastery history is very scant, but there are some data that suggest that it was built on the foundations of an older church.
The monastery church was built in 1837, in 1845 the monastery had two monks and in 1865 there was only one abbot.
Today the monastery is maintained by the local population.
In the middle of the monastery is located the church and from the old monastic enclosure walls and the main gate, only small portion was preserved. The old monastery lodgings were built southwest of the church, and they were recently renovated.
Due to the proximity of city of Bitola, the clean air and water and the picturesque mountain scenery, the monastery today is one of the most visited sites for picnic near Bitola.
The monastery was one of the favorite locations of the diplomatic corps in Bitola during Ottoman Empire, particularly the Russian Consul Alexander Arkadievich Rostkovski, who was killed by a Turkish soldier in 1903, when he was returning from the monastery in his residence in Bitola.
How to get to Bukovo Monastery
Up to the monastery leads an asphalt road through the village Krstoar and “Krstoar Monastery” in length approximately 6 km (3.7 miles) from Bitola. Much of this road (4km) is paved and is in relatively good condition, up to Krstoar Monastery. The rest of the road with a length of 2 km is a dirt road, which is in relatively good condition.
Also the monastery can be reached by foot (~ 20 min) through Bukovo village up to which also leads an asphalt road.
Although there are lot of information about his success and behavior in the school, little is known about his private life in those days. According to one legend, the greatest love of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was from Bitola, and it was the beautiful girl Eleni Karinte.
Eleni was a Vlach and Christian girl from from a well known family with house on the Main Street – Shirok Sokak. Falling in love with a Turk (Muslim), was a big shame for her family, and according to the legend, she was sent to Lerin (Florina), where is lost every trace about her.
Many people call Eleni Karinte and Mustafa Kemal the “Balkan Romeo and Juliet”, and the house where she once lived, today is tourist attraction in Bitola. In the memorial room of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the Bitola Museum, on a special panel, is presented the letter which allegedly Eleni Karinte devoted to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Memorial room of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Bitola museum
English Translation of the letter
To Kemal Ataturk, somewhere and sometimes!
There have been so many years, and I still, every day, wait a word from you. If you ever receive this letter, remember me, and see the tears on the paper. The years pass by. I have heard so many things about you. Something is going on! If you read this letter while you are kissing another woman, tear it apart and ask her if she believes that some Eleni Karinte from Bitola, spent all her life for a man that she was with, only for one day?! But, if you love her, as much as I love you, don’t tell her anything, and let her be happy as you are! But, if you still remember the girl from the balcony, and you don’t love anybody else, know that I’m still waiting for you, and that I will be waiting for you, for the rest of my life! I know that you will be back, that you haven’t forgotten me! My father died! It’s been a year since the day he snapped me from you, locked me up at home, and didn’t let me out for a month. I haven’t cried because I knew that all the padlocks and prisons can’t change anything. The man that he wanted me to marry, I saw only once, and he asked me if I could love him. And I told him ”No, I love my first love!” And I never saw him again. My fathers never forgave me, and neither did I! I’m not young and beautiful, as I used to be… All life in one day!
Eternally loves you and will always wait for you,
Yours Eleni Karinte.
Macedonian Translation of the letter
До Кемал Ататурк, некаде и некогаш !
Поминаа толку години, а јас сеуште, секој ден, чекам абер од тебе. Ако некогаш го добиеш ова писмо, сети се и види ги солзите на хартијата. Годините си врват, овде сешто се зборува за тебе, нешто се случува. Ако го читаш писмово додека љубиш друга жена, искини го и прашај ја дали верува дека некоја си Елени Каринте од Битола, го потрошила цел живот за човек со кого била само еден ден ? А, ако ја љубиш неа, како што јас те љубам тебе, не и кажувај ништо, нека биде среќна како што си ти ! Ако пак сеуште ја паметиш девојката од балконот и не љубиш друга, знај дека те чекам и дека ќе те чекам цел живот ! Знам дека ќе се вратиш, дека не си ме заборавил. Татко ми умре. Има цела година од оној ден од кога ме грабна од тебе, ме заклучи дома и не ме пушти цел месец. Не плачев, знаев дека џабе му се сите катанци и затвори. Човекот со кој тој сакаше да се венчам го видов само еднаш и ме праша дали ќе можам да го љубам ? А јас му реков: “Не, јас си го љубам првото либе!” И повеќе не го видов. Татко ми никогаш не ми прости, а ни јас нему. Не сум веќе млада и убава како тогаш….. Цел живот во еден ден! Вечно ќе те сака и секогаш ќе те чека твојата Елени Каринте.
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Turkish Translation of the letter
Kemal Atatürk’e, herhangi bir zamanda ve yerde !
Çok seneler geçti, ben halen her gün içerisinde senden haber bekliyorum. Herhangi bir zamanda mektubumu alýrsan, beni hatýrla ve kaðýttaki gözyaþlarýmý görebileceksin. Yýllar ve olaylar geçiyor, seninle ilgili çok þeyler konuþuluyor. Mektubumu okurken, baþka kadýný seviyorsan, mektubumu kopar ve kendisine sor : inanabiliyor mu ki, Manastýr’lý bir Eleni Karinte, bir günlük tanýdýðý ve aþýk olduðu adama bütün ömrünü harcamýþtýr? Ve, benim seni sevdiðim kadar, o kadýný o kadar seviyorsan, kendisine hiç bir þey söyleme, senin kadar mutlu olmasýný diliyorum! Fakat, balkondaki kýzý hatýrlýyorsan, ve baþkasýný sevmiyorsan, seni beklediðimi ve ömrüm boyunca bekleyeceðimi bilmeni istiyorum! Döneceðini, beni unutmayacaðýný biliyorum. Babam vefat etti. Beni senden ayýrdýðýndan tüm bir yýl geçti, beni evde kapattý ve bir ay çýkmama izin vermedi. Aðlamadým, biliyordum ki tüm kilitleri ve hapisleri boþuna harcadý. Beni evlendirecekleri adamý sadece bir kez gördüm ve kendisi bana onu sevebileceðimi sordu. Ben de kendisine : “ Hayýr, ben sadece ilk aþkýmý seviyorum” dedim. Ve artýk kendisini görmedim. Babam beni hiç bir zaman afetmedi, ve ben de kendisine afetmedim. O zamanlardaki gibi artýk genç ve güzel deðilim… Tüm ömür bir gün içerisinde!
Ebediyen seni seven ve seni bekleyen, senin Eleni Karinte.
The house of Karinte family on the Main street – Shirok sokak in Bitola
The house of birth of the national hero Stevan Naumov – Stiv is located on the street Peco Bozinovski No. 11, Bitola.
Among the first activities of the Bitola Museum, 4 July 1961, on the occasion of the Day of the Soldier, was the promotion of this permanent exhibition, after the reconstruction and adaptation of the building.
In 1977 the building was reconstructed and re-adapted, thus enabling the conditions for the presentation of the life and acts of Stevan Naumov Stiv.
The exhibition is accommodated on an area of more than 150 m2 on the ground floor and the first floor. In 2003, this exhibition was renewed for the third time and enriched by new museum items.
On the ground floor there is an exhibition of the household items and everyday items of the family. On the upper storey of the building, which covers an area of 80 m2 in four separate entities are presented: the documents and items which accompanied the life and work of the hero since his earliest childhood (photos, documents items closely related to his family); while the second entity presents his revolutionary deeds, his death on 12 September 1942 together with his comrade Mite Bogoevski.
The history part ends with the presentation of the victory over fascism, and articles written about him.
The third entity, of 18m2, is arranged as a parlor / living room, for formal receptions of visits, and is furnished with original and purchased items from that time, which paints a picture of a modestly wealthy family with a large number of family members (uncles, cousins etc.) framed in many photographs.
To complete the entire exhibition, there is the rearranged blind passageway showing three artistic paintings (dimensions of 3 x 4 m) painted by the artist and member of NLAWM Tode Ivanovski, which represent the revolutionary deeds of the hero: “Foundation of the first partisan detachment Pelister”, “6, May 1942 Stiv kills the evil police chief Kurkciev”, “Stiv and Mite deep in thought before their murder”.
In the same passage there is a 3-D model that presents the attack of the partisan detachment Dame Gruev on the police station in the village Kazani led by Stevan Naumov. Other national heroes, members of NLAWM from Bitola and its vicinity, are presented on a separate panel.