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Mariovo is mountainous region in southern Macedonia situated between the slopes of Selecka Mountain , Nidze, Kozjak and Dren mountains, in the valley of Crna Reka (Black River).

Across the whole area of Mariovo region flows Crna Reka (Black River) which actually flows through the largest canyon in Republic of Macedonia, Skochivirska Klisura (Скочивирска Клисура) which is also one of the priceless natural beauties of this area.

From the west Mariovo borders with Pelagonija plain, with Greece from the south (surrounding of the city Voden and the area Meglen), on the north with the Raec region (Raechka River) and from east with the plateau Vitacevo / Tikvesh Valley.
Village of Gradeshnica

Village Gradeshnica


The whole area Mariovo covers an area of 1251 km ² and traditionally is divided into 3 smaller (ethno) geographic units: Bitola Mariovo – former municipality Staravina, Prilep Mariovo – former municipality Vitoliste and Tikvesh Mariovo – western and central parts of the former municipality Konopishte.
In this area are located the villages:

  • Bitola Mariovo: Staravina, Makovo, Rapesh, Zovik, Gradesnica, Budimirci, Gruniste, Orle, Brnik, Iveni and Petalino.
  • Prilep Mariovo: Vitoliste, Beshishte, Veprchani, Vrpsko, Dunje, Zivovo (Ziovo), Kalen, Kokre, Krusevica, Manastir, Polchishte, Peshtani, Chanishte and Gugjakovo (Gudjakovo).
  • Tikvesh Mariovo: Rozden, Klinovo, R’zhanovo, Majden and Galiste


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In the Turkish census defters from XIV and XV century (1476/77 to 1544/45 year) in Mariovo were observed following villages, where today exist localities with same or similar names: Kostenovo, Cumagovo, Smagovo, Vidrishani, Crnichani, Satoka, Bistrenci, Berani, Sudenec, Osinec, Kirilikovo, Sveta Petka, Leskovo.

Besides the above three sub – areas of Mariovo, people living in Mariovo also divide the region in accordance to the flow of Crna Reka (Black River) as “Malo” (Small, New, Мало, Ново) Mariovo (left side of the river) and “Golemo”(Big, Old, Големо, Старо) Mariovo (right side of the river).

The population in Mariovo had always been Macedonian with orthodox Christian religion, and Mariovo during Ottoman rule didn’t have Islamization of the population.

The small number of inhabitants in the villages, and the absence of industry and factories, place this area among the cleanest eco regions in Europe.

The Movie Bridge in village Zovik, Peshta fortress from ancient times, Alshar, Chebren, Waterfall in the village Brnik, WW1 location Kajmakcalan, churches St. Dimitirija (village Gradesnica)St. Nikola (village Monastir)St. Elijah (village Melnica), are only a small part of the beauties that this region hides.

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