Marko’s Fortress (Towers)


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.

 

Elephant Rock

 

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

 

Google Map


About Brko

I am a Macedonia enthusiast and an adventurer. I really enjoy being immersed in the Macedonian culture, meeting people from all over Makedonija and sharing their traditions and cultural heritage.