Markovi Kuli – Маркови Кули – Towers of Marko
This fortress, a medieval citadel, built during the reign of King Marko Mrnjavčević is located on a large hill just above the village of Varoš and overlooking the town of Prilep in the valley below. This fortress was constructed with of mortar-bound stone and the fortifications consist of several “belts” of walls wrapping around the hill.
King Mrnjavčević became the king of Serbia after his father’s (Vukašin Mrnjavčević) death in 1371 in the Battle of Maritsa. He was King of Serbia in title only and after much infighting and divisions in the empire, with others taking control of various territories, he was essentially regulated to being the king of Western Macedonia.
If you follow the road through Varoš until the road is no longer passable with normal automobiles, you will have a short and gradual hike through the fortress. After parking, and starting on the trail you will soon see the Elephant Rock on your right. The trail will also lead you to the highest point on the fortress featuring a cross and beautiful views of Prilep and the Pelagonija Valley.
The Fortress as Guardian of Prilep
Outer Walls and Towers
Inner Walls and Towers – Gallery 1
Inner Walls and Towers – Gallery 2
The Prilep Cross
The Babuna Foothills
Old Black & White Photos