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Kratovo

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16km away from the crossroad Stracin, the way on the south leads to Kratovo – the town of towers and bridges.

It is populated by 6 600 people and it is at altitude that varies from 580m and 750m.

The history of this town has always been related to the mining engineering. Since ancient time minerals like lead, zinc, copper, silver and gold have been extracted. It is believed that the name of the town comes from the word krater – the volcano crater, over which the entire town is laid. In the past there were a lot of mints. The rich citizens of Kratovo used to build towers which represented defensive buildings.

On both sides of the River Tabachka there were 12 towers, 5 of which on the right and 7 on the left bank of the river. Only 6 of them stayed preserved at present.

The old part of Kratovo is connected with 6 bridges that are raised over a deep and steep river valley. The bridges are a part of the Old Bazaar and they enable the spherical flow around it. The riverbed was bridged with one arch. The only exception is one bridge that has two arches. The most famous bridge is the “Radin Most” bridge because it is the longest (40m) and the tallest (23m). Its construction is related to a legend and a traditional song – Most mi dzidale devetmina brakja, na reka Manceva (Nine brothers were building a bridge on the River Manceva).

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