Kurderes River – “The wolf stream” – Bitola in the past

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The name of the river Kurderes comes from the Turkish words (kurt-deresi), in translation “wolf stream”. It sprang from Baba mountain and was a blend of the rivers flowing from the villages Brusnik, Lavci, and some smaller streams.

Реката Курдерес - Битола, фотографирано на почетокот на 20 век

Реката Курдерес - Битола, за време на Првата светска војна

On some of the old photos of Bitola, it can be seen that at certain times of the year, the river was full of water, especially in its lower part, before entering the river Dragor.

Реката Курдерес - Битола, фотографирано 1916/17 година

Реката Курдерес - Битола, фотографирано 1916/17 година

Kurderes River played an important role in the protection of the city against floods that have been common in the past. With the construction of the collection channel for Strezevo Lake, these waters were regulated and the bed of Kurderes river lost its function.

Large part of the year the canal had an insignificant amount of water and often dried during summer. It became an open canal that spread unbearable smell and was a source of contagious diseases. Thus, in 1975/1976 a sewage system was installed and the Kurdeous riverbed was completely covered.

Реката Курдерес - Битола, фотографирано 1974/75 г

Реката Курдерес - Битола, фотографирано 1974/75 г

Реката Курдерес - Битола, фотографирано 1974/75 г

Today the river can’t be seen, and above its river bed is Solunska street. At the place where Solunska street crosses with Shirok Sokak street, in the time when the river flowed, there was a Stone bridge, so the location today still carries that name.

Dzepane – the fortress above Bitola


Dzepane or “The Fortress above Bitola” (Turkish “cephane” - gun powder / ammunition depot; Macedonian: Џепане) is a monument of culture in Republic of Macedonia.


Isa Fakıh Mosque